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

Friday, November 8, 2013

War News for Friday, November 08, 2013

Reported security incidents
#1: update: A British soldier was killed and five others injured by a suicide car bomber who rammed a Toyota Corolla packed with explosives into a troop convoy in Helmand province on Tuesday, British and Afghan officials have said. Three Afghan civil order police were also injured in the attack, a spokesman for the Helmand police chief said.

#2: Cleaner of a Nato container was injured when the vehicle was fired at by unidentified gunmen in Jamrud on Thursday. Khasadar officials said that the incident took place on the by-pass road where a container carrying unspecified goods for Nato forces was on its way to Afghanistan via Khyber Pass.

#3: At least five Afghan intelligence – National Directorate of Security (NDS) operatives were killed or injured following a roadside bomb blast in easter Khost province of Afghanistan on Thursday.