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 18, 2013

War News for Friday, October 18, 2013

Suspected al Qaeda attack in Yemen kills 7 soldiers, security officials say

Reported security incidents
#1: Suspected Taliban militants fired two rockets at an Italian base in the Shindand District of the western Afghanistan Herat Province Friday but no one was hurt.

#2: At least eleven suspected Taliban militants were killed following a NATO airstrike in southern Kandahar province of Afghanistan on Thursday.

#3: At least five Afghan police officers were killed following a roadside bomb explosion in northern Baghlan province of Afghanistan on Thursday.