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

Monday, August 19, 2013

War News for Monday, August 19, 2013

Reported security incidents
#1: Three persons including two policemen and a passerby were killed when unknown gunmen opened fire in Swabi area, Geo News reported Monday. According to sources, police personnel signaled a suspicious car to stop at a checkpoint in Kala Pul area of Swabi. Instead of stopping the car at the check post, the culprits opened fire on the police team that killed two cops and a passerby on the spot. Two policemen were also injured in the incident.

#2: Seventy-two militants and 11 policemen have been killed in a clash in western Afghan province of Farah, said a police source Monday.