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

Saturday, August 24, 2013

War News for Saturday, August 24, 2013

NATO is reporting the deaths of two ISAF soldiers from a roadside bombing attack in an undisclosed location in eastern Afghanistan on Friday, August 23rd.
NATO is reporting the death of another ISAF soldier from an IED blast in an undisclosed location in eastern Afghanistan on Saturday, August 24th. News reports a blast killed one Polish soldier and wounded two others.

Polish soldier killed in action in Afghanistan

Afghan massacre soldier Robert Bales gets life sentence

Reported security incidents
#1: Twenty militants were killed, five wounded and nine others arrested during operations in several Afghan provinces since Friday morning, said the Afghan Interior Ministry earlier on Saturday. "Afghan National Security Forces (ANSF) conducted several cleanup operations with the cooperation of Coalition Forces in Laghman, Baghlan, Kunduz, Kandahar, Zabul, Herat, Badghis and Helmand provinces over the last 24 hours. As a result 20 armed Taliban were killed, five wounded and nine others were arrested by the ANSF," the ministry said in a statement.