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

Tuesday, September 17, 2013

War News for Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Reported security incidents
#1: Fourteen people including eight Taliban fighters were killed in clashes in parts of Faryab province on Monday night, a local official said Tuesday. "Units of the national army in coordination with police raided Taliban hideouts in Qaisar and Ghormach district Monday night, and during the operation which lasted for a few hours, eight Taliban militants including their commander Mohammad Rahim had been killed and several others sustained injuries," an army spokesman in the province, Mohammad Reza told Xinhua. He also confirmed that five local police and an army soldier had lost their live in the clash in Faryab province with Maimana as its capital, which is 425 km northwest of Kabul.