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

Tuesday, October 2, 2012

War News for Tuesday, October 02, 2012

NATO is reporting the death of a U.S. Forces-Afghanistan soldier from an IED blast in an undisclosed location in southern Afghanistan on Tuesday, October 2nd.

U.S. Abandoning Hopes for Taliban Peace Deal

Reported security incidents
#1: Up to 25 Taliban militants have been killed in different Afghan provinces within the past 24 hours, authorities said on Tuesday. "Afghan police, army and the NATO-led coalition forces launched 10 joint cleanup operations in Kabul, Nangarhar, Laghman, Uruzgan, Kandahar, Wardak, Logar, Ghazni, Khost and Helmand provinces, killing 14 armed Taliban insurgents and detaining 30 others over the past 24 hours," the Afghan Interior Ministry said in a statement presenting daily operational updates.
#2: Separately, up to 11 Taliban were killed in a blast in southern Kandahar province overnight, the provincial government said in a statement on Tuesday morning. "A powerful blast took place in a weapon and ammunition reserve, killing 11 militants on the spot in the Kanjoso area of Spin Boldak district bordering Pakistan late Monday night," the statement said, adding that two local Taliban commanders were among the dead.