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 11, 2013

War News for Friday, October 11, 2013

Last major British deployment in Afghanistan begins

UN votes final mandate for Afghan force

Pakistani PM says gov't serious in Taliban talks

Reported security incidents
#1: Afghan national police backed by the army have killed 28 Taliban militants and wounded over a dozen others across the militancy-plagued country over the past 24 hours, Afghan Interior Ministry said in a statement released here Friday. During the operations which carried out in Nangarhar, Daikundi, Logar, Wardak, Baghlan and Helmand provinces, 15 more Taliban fighters sustained injuries and another was captured, the statement said.

#2: At least four people were killed and 30 others injured as a blast went off near a police station in Pakistan's southwest city of Quetta on Thursday afternoon, reported local media Express.

#3: According to local authorities in eastern Khost province of Afghanistan, at least four civilians were injured following a suicide bomb attack in this province. The officials further added that the incident took place on Thursday afternoon in Mandozai district after a suicide bomber attacked a convoy of the NATO troops. District chief for Mandozai, Mohammad Younus confirming the report said a suicide bomber rammed a vehicle laden with explosives into the convoy of the US troops, leaving at least four civilians injured.