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, June 26, 2013

War News for Tuesday, June 26, 2013

Taliban’s Divided Tactics Raise Doubts Over Talks

Reported security incidents:
#1: At least one security man was killed and three others were injured in a remote-controlled blast in the Awaran district of Balochistan on Wednesday. Security officials told that a Frontier Corps (FC) convoy was on routine patrol when it was targeted with a roadside bomb planted by militants in the Mashkay area of Awaran district.

#2: Security officials have confirmed that four police officers were injured in a roadside bomb blast in eastern Paktia province early Wednesday. The incident took place in Gardez, capital of the province, when the police vehicle fell prey to a roadside bomb, said Rohullah Samoon, provincial governor spokesman.

US/DoD: Sgt. Corey E. Garver