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 15, 2013

War News for Friday, November 15, 2013

Reported security incidents
#1: A government official in Afghanistan says three bombs have exploded in rapid succession in southern Helmand province, injuring five people. Omar Zawaq, spokesman for Helmand’s governor, says the remote-controlled bombs exploded Thursday near a bus station in the provincial capital of Lashkar Gah.
#2: At least 11 Taliban militants including a senior Taliban leader were killed during military operations in central Maidan Wardak province of Afghanistan. The provincial government media office following a statement also confirmed the report and said clashes between Afghan security forces and Taliban militants took place after Afghan security forces launched clearance operations in Jaghato, Nerkh, Jalriz and Syedabad districts. Khogyani said at least two civilians were killed along with an Afghan national army soldier, and three civilians were injured during the clashes.