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

Sunday, June 2, 2013

News of the Day for Sunday, June 2, 2013

Afghans with disabilities protest the attack on the Red Cross compound in Jalalabad. Taliban leaders have denied responsibility for the attack.

One ISAF soldier and a civilian working with the force are killed by "direct fire" in eastern Afghanistan late Saturday, while another ISAF service member is killed in a separate explosion. No further details as of now.

Thirteen insurgents and four police officers are killed in a fight in Nuristan. An additional 24 insurgents and two police said to be injured. The fighting, which lasted 18 hours,  occurred in the Gohardissh area of Kamdish district, near the Pakistan border. (These highly disproportionate casualty totals seems suspect, especially given the lack of any stated military support for the Afghan forces, but there is no way to independently verify the government account. --- C)

Interior Ministry claims Afghan and ISAF forces have killed 57 militants in 24 hours.

Four civilians are killed by a roadside bomb in Uruzgan.

The Ministry of Labour, Social Affairs, Martyrs and Disabled (MoLSAMD) says that 6 million Afghan children are not enrolled in school. (This story addresses children who are working for money in one way or another; it does not address the issue of education of girls.)