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

Thursday, October 24, 2013

War News for Thursday, October 24, 2013

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Reported security incidents
#1: Four Afghan policemen have been killed in a night-time attack by the Taliban on a security outpost in the country's west, an Afghan official said. Police chief Sharafuddin Sharaf said the attack happened in the Bla Murghab district of Badghis province. He said the Taliban tried to storm the security outpost, triggering a three-hour gun battle and killing four members of the local police force. Three other policemen were injured.

#2: At least four Afghan national army soldiers were killed and six others were injured following militants attack and roadside bomb explosion in northern and eastern Afghanistan.

#3: At least 48 Taliban militants were killed and 38 others were injured during joint military operation by Afghan and NATO forces, Afghan officials said.