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 22, 2013

War News for Tuesday, October 22, 2013

The DoD is reporting the death of Lance Cpl. Christopher O. Grant who died in an insurgent attack somewhere in Helmand province Afghanistan on Sunday, October 20th. 

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Reported security incidents
#1: Eight Taliban militants were killed and five others injured in joint operation launched by Afghan security forces and the International Security Assistance Force in Afghanistan (ISAF) during the past twenty-four hours in different regions of the country. The statement added that the operations took place in Nuristan, Kunar, Kandahar, Zabul, Paktia and Helmand provinces.

#2: A man in police uniform opened fire and killed three policemen in southern Kandahar province, a former Taliban stronghold on Monday evening, the provincial administration said Tuesday. The deadly attack took place in Nalgham area of Jalai district on Monday night and the attacker escaped after killing three policemen, said provincial administration spokesman Jawed Faisal.

DoD: Lance Cpl. Christopher O. Grant