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

Friday, October 4, 2013

War News for Friday, October 04, 2013

Soldiers shut down last patrol base

Reported security incidents
#1: Unidentified gunmen kidnapped the director of a non-governmental organization (NGO) from Railway Colony in Quetta on Friday. According to initial reports, unknown armed men had intercepted Director Noor Muhammad’s vehicle near Railway Colony when he was on his way to work.

#2: Four people, including two policemen, were killed and three others injured when the militants raided a security check-post in eastern Afghan province of Laghman overnight, the provincial government said in a statement Friday morning.

#3: A heavy explosion rocked southern Helmand province of Afghanistan late Thursday evening. The incident took place in Lashkargah city of Helmand province after a vehicle packed with explosives went off. Local residents and eye-witnesses in the are saying that a number of people have been killed or injured following the incident.