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

Tuesday, October 15, 2013

War News for Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Foreign soldier killed in Afghanistan

Reported security incidents
#1: An attack on a mosque killed the governor of Logar Province south of the Afghan capital on Tuesday, officials said, as he was making an address on the first day of the Muslim holiday of Eid al-Adha. Darwish said the bomb had been planted inside the mosque and detonated remotely, but police said the explosion was set off by a suicide bomber.

#2: A grenade attack targetting on a convoy of the Balochistan Constabulary in Quetta injured 11 people on Tuesday.A vehicle belonging to the Balochistan Constabulary was travelling on Mastung Road in Quetta when unknown motorcyclists hurled a hand grenade at it. The wounded included five constabulary personnel, three children and three others present in the vicinity.

DoD: Staff Sgt. Patrick H. Quinn