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

Wednesday, January 30, 2013

War News for Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Reported security incidents
#1: Twenty militants were killed and several injured during search operation of the security forces in Khyber and Orakzai agencies, FP News desk reported on Wednesday. Sources said that security forces went into action this morning in Dawatoi area of Jamrud resulting clashes that killed 12 militants, while their three hideouts were destroyed. On the other hand, eight militants were killed and several injured in forces action in Oblan area of Orakzai agency besides two hideouts were wiped out, sources said.