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, August 4, 2013

News of the Day for Sunday, August 4, 2013

Following the suicide attack on the Indian consulate yesterday in Jalalabad, a bomb attack on a convoy carrying state prosecutor Abdul Qayum injures 16 people, including Qayum, 3 of his bodyguards, and 12 bystanders.

The National Directorate of Security says it arrested 7 members of the Haqanni network in Kabul, who were planning suicide attacks on government offices and a hotel. (As you may recall always seemed to be the case when we were aggregating such arrests in Iraq, the prisoners confessed immediately and revealed all their plans. I've always found that curious . . .  C)

A would-be suicide bomber in an Afghan police uniform is shot by police in Tarinkowt, Uruzgan before he can carry out his plan, which was apparently to attack police collecting their pay.

President Karzai is in Iran for the inauguration of new president Hassan Rouhani.

Heavy floods have killed dozens of people in eastern parts of Afghanistan. Hundreds of houses, bazaars and businesses are flooded out. Rains are forecast to continue.

There were once 20,000 U.S. Marines in Helmand. Now there ar 8,000. NPR reports on the departure of Regimental Combat Team 7.