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, October 6, 2013

News of the Day for Sunday, October 6, 2013

Four U.S. troops killed by a bomb attack in southern Afghanistan. No further information released at this time. This brings total U.S. deaths in Afghanistan this year to 102. A total of 2,146 U.S. military have died in Afghanistan in the 12 years since the invasion October 7, 2001. The anniversary tomorrow, and the death toll, have gone largely unremarked in the United States.

German forces hand over control of a camp in Kunduz to Afghan military. About 4,000 German troops remain in the country. Fifty four Germans have died in Afghanistan since 2002, 35 in combat.

Police Lieutenant General Momen is injured by a remote controlled mine, 3 of his bodyguards are killed, in Nuristan.

Hamid Karzai's brother Abdul is running for president. 

Reports of fighting in Gujran district of Dykundi province, with 1 police officer and 1 Taliban fighter killed, and 3 police injured.

Ministry of Defense claims 11 insurgents killed in various operations in past 24 hours. As usual, there is no mention of government or civilian casualties.

Norway will cut its aid to Afghanistan due to lack of progress on women's rights and corruption. Norway has 111 soldiers in Afghanistan and has suffered 10 deaths over the years.