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

Friday, September 7, 2012

War News for Friday, September 07, 2012

Over 50 killed in rain-related accidents in Pakistan -- At least 50 people were killed and several others went missing as torrential rains hit parts of east, south, northwest and northeast of Pakistan over the last 24 hours, local media and officials said on Thursday. --  looks like heavy rain is in this part of the world so it may be a slow weekend for the war. -- whisker.

Reported security incidents
#1: Motorbike gunmen Friday shot dead a senior police officer investigating sectarian killings in Pakistan’s troubled southwestern province of Balochistan, police said. The incident took place in Quetta. Police said the assailants sprayed Quetta’s Superintendent Police (SP) Investigation Jamil Kakar with bullets when he left his house in his official car, killing him and injuring a police guard.

#2: A local Taliban leader was killed in an airstrike carried out by the NATO-led coalition or International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) in the southern Afghan province of Helmand on Thursday, the ISAF forces said Friday.

DoD: Pfc. Shane W. Cantu