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

Saturday, October 12, 2013

War News for Saturday, October 12, 2013

US captures top Pakistani Taliban leader

Reported security incidents
#1: At least two policemen were killed and over eight others were wounded in a suicide attack in eastern Afghan province Nangarhar on Saturday, said officials. The spokesman for governor, Ahmad Zeya Abdulzai told that a suicide bomber slammed his explosives-laden car into the provincial police headquarters in Jalalabad city.

#2: According to reports, Taliban militants have abducted four construction workers in western Herat province of Afghanistan. A local security official speaking on the condition of anonymity confirmed the report and said four workers of a construction firm were abducted by Taliban on Herat-Badghis highway.