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

Monday, November 4, 2013

War News for Monday, November 04, 2013

NATO is reporting the death of an ISAF soldier from a small arms weapon attack in an undisclosed location in eastern Afghanistan on Sunday, November 3rd.

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Reported security incidents
#1: Suspected militants hurled grenades at a tribal meeting in northwest Pakistan Sunday, killing at least four Shia Muslims and wounding two others in an apparent sectarian attack, officials said.

#2: Seventeen Taliban militants have been killed, 10 others have surrendered in two days of counter- insurgency operations, and three employees of the government- backed election commission sustained injuries over the past two days in conflict-ridden Afghanistan, officials said Monday.

#3: However, a mine planted by anti-government militants, presumably by Taliban militants struck a vehicle of the election commission on Sunday in Ghor province with Cheghcheran as its capital, 360 km west of Kabul, injuring three workers of the election body.