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 11, 2013

War News for Monday, November 11, 2013

Reported security incidents
#1: The chief financier of the Taliban-linked Haqqani network militant group has been shot dead in the Pakistani capital of Islamabad, Reuters quoted militant sources as saying.

#2: One militant was killed and 14 were detained in operations in separate Afghan provinces since early Sunday, the country's Interior Ministry said Monday.


Cervantes said...

Regarding the killing of Nasiruddin Haqqani, best not to jump to any conclusions about who did this and why. Most likely suspect is actually the Pakistani Taliban; Hakimullah Mehsud is said to have viewed the Haqqani as tools of Pakistan's ISI. Alliances and rivalries in that area are baroque, to say the least, and much is not as it appears. I don't normally endorse CBS news, but this story appears well informed.

Cervantes said...

Another possibility I've seen bruited about is a family dispute over money.