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 25, 2013

War News for Monday, November 25, 2013

Reported security incidents
#1: Two local Taliban leaders were killed in an air raid in eastern Afghanistan's Wardak province overnight, the provincial sources said Monday. "The Taliban local leaders named Noor Sayyed and Ezatullah were killed in an airstrike in Kohna Khumar, a suburb of the provincial capital at early hours of Monday," the provincial government said in a statement.

#2: Earlier on Monday, the Afghan Interior Ministry said that five militants were killed, three wounded and three arrested in a series of military operations in other provinces within the last 24 hours.

Ten militants were killed and three others detained in separate joint military operations across Afghanistan within the last 24 hours, said the country's Interior Ministry on Monday.

#3: The Afghan national security forces thwarted missile attack plot in capital Kabul, which was aimed to disturb the national grand council (Loya Jirga).