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

Monday, January 14, 2013

War News for Monday, January 14, 2013

Reported security incidents
#1: A roadside bomb killed as many as 14 Pakistani soldiers in the northern border region of North Waziristan yesterday, military officials said, a day after the Pakistani Taliban leader called for attacks on the military in the area to stop. The explosion occurred on a road about 50 kilometres south of the provincial capital of Miranshah. Twenty-one soldiers were wounded in the attack, senior army officials said.

#2: Up to three Taliban insurgents were killed and eight others were arrested in different operations carried out by Afghan forces and the NATO-led coalition troops on Monday, said the coalition or International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) in a press release.

#3: At least five Afghan soldiers were killed or injured following roadside improvised explosive device blast and militants attacks during the past 24 hours, Afghan defense officials announced.