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, July 31, 2013

War News for Wednesday, July 31, 2013

NATO is reporting the death of an ISAF soldier from an insurgent attack in an undisclosed location in eastern Afghanistan on Tuesday, July 30th.
The DoD is reporting the death of a soldier previously unreported by the military. Sgt. Stephen M. New died from a small arms weapons attack in the Sarobi District of Kabul Province, Afghanistan on Sunday, July 28th.

Authorities say Afghanistan War vet killed fiancee's mom, self

Teurlings graduate injured in battle in Afghanistan

Civilian casualties in Afghanistan spike in first half of 2013

Manning Is Acquitted of Aiding the Enemy

Reported security incidents
#1: Two persons were killed and four others sustained injuries when explosives went off in a warehouse on Ring Road on Tuesday. The police said that three dud shells were lying in a scrap godown of an Afghan national Asal Khan on Ring Road near Hazarkhwani. They said the shells went off all of a sudden, killing two young boys, Asad and Misal Khan, and injuring four others.

#2: At least five militants were killed and two policemen wounded during a fierce clash between the security forces and the rebels in southern province of Kandahar, an official said Wednesday. The conflict between the forces loyal to the government and the Taliban fighters happened last night in Dicoyat area of Maiwand district.

US/DoD: Sgt. Stephen M. New