The bottom line is clear: Our vital interests in Afghanistan are limited and military victory is not the key to achieving them. On the contrary, waging a lengthy counterinsurgency war in Afghanistan may well do more to aid Taliban recruiting than to dismantle the group, help spread conflict further into Pakistan, unify radical groups that might otherwise be quarreling amongst themselves, threaten the long-term health of the U.S. economy, and prevent the U.S. government from turning its full attention to other pressing problems. -- Afghanistan Study Group

Sunday, August 12, 2012

News of the Day for Sunday, August 12, 2012

Roadside bomb in Gardez, Paktia province kills 4 police, injures 2.

Governor of Alisheing district, Lagham province, is killed along with 3 bodyguards  by a roadside bomb. Governor Faridullah Neyazi was on his way to a meeting.

Afghan National Directorate for Security claims to have foiled an attack on the parliament and a second vice president, planned in part by a Pakistani militant. The plotters were said to be in possession of a large cache of weapons, and Afghan army uniforms.

Reuters reports that Afghan officials have met with Taliban leader Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar, who is in detention in Pakistan. This may signal a renewal of peace talks, and that Pakistan is willing to support negotiations.

Eleven Afghan police officers are slain in Nimroz province, apparently by a colleague who was a Taliban infiltrator.

Army Sgt. Major Gregory R. Trent of Norton, MA, dies of injuries suffered on July 31 in Shindand Province. He was a Special Forces intelligence sergeant, assigned to Company B, 4th Battalion, 3rd Special Forces Group at Fort Bragg, N.C.

The Baltimore Sun gives a count of ISAF deaths  since the intervention began. Remember when everybody used to count the U.S. dead in Iraq? Nobody seems to care about Afghanistan, but for the record, the total of U.S. military dead in Afghanistan since the U.S.-led military intervention began in 2001 now stands at 2,088. Britain again has the second highest number of dead, 424.