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 31, 2013

War News for Thursday, October 31, 2013

Reported security incidents
#1: A clash between Taleban militants and police claimed the lives of a key Taleban commander and a policeman in southern Afghanistan on Thursday, an official said. Taleban militants commanded by Mullah Nasir raided a police checkpoint in Orgon district before dawn and police retaliated, Xinhua reported.

#2: A powerful bicycle bomb exploded in a crowded car repair market in Quetta at around sunset, killing at least five people and wounding 17.

#3: A US drone strike targeting a militant compound Thursday killed three insurgents in a northwest Pakistan tribal region near the Afghan border, officials said. The attack took place near Miranshah, the main town in the troubled North Waziristan tribal district.

#4: Five people including three security personnel and two Taliban fighters were killed as clash flared up in Kohistanat district of Saripul province with Saripul city as its capital on Thursday, police said. "The clash which began in the wee hours of Thursday and lasted for several hours, claimed the lives of three Afghan soldiers and two Taliban rebels,"deputy to provincial police chief, Sakhi Dad Haidari, told Xinhua.