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, January 11, 2013

War News for Friday, January 11, 2013

NATO is reporting the death of a USFOR-A soldier from an insurgent attack in an undisclosed location in eastern Afghanistan on Thursday, January 10th.

Death toll from Pakistan bombings rises to 120

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Reported security incidents
#1: Up to five Afghan policemen were killed and five others wounded when Taliban militants launched armed attacks against checkpoints in the country’s western province Badghis, the provincial police chief said Friday. “Five members of Afghan National Police (ANP) were martyred and five were wounded as Taliban militants raided their posts in Abkamari and Muquar districts late Thursday night,” police chief Sharafuddin Sharaf told Xinhua. He said two militants were also killed in the brief battle in the province 555 km northwest of capital Kabul.