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

Saturday, November 2, 2013

War News for Saturday, November 02, 2013

Pakistan on high alert after Taliban leader killed by US drone strike

US-led soldier dies in eastern Afghanistan: ISAF

How the Pakistani Taliban Became a Deadly Force

Reported security incidents
#1: Local residents told AFP that dozens of tribesmen and militants had opened fire on a US drone which was flying low in the same area where the Taliban chief was killed. “Tribesmen and militants were firing with light and heavy guns for an hour,” Tariq Khan, a shopkeeper in Miranshah told AFP.

#2: Afghan police backed by the army have killed 17 Taliban fighters during series of operations across the country over the past 24 hours, Interior Ministry said in a statement released here on Saturday. According to the statement, the operations were carried out in Ghor, Farah, Herat, Paktiya, Khost, Maidan Wardak, Uruzgan, Zabul, Kandahar, Balkh, Parwan and Nangarhar provinces

#3: According to reports, a suicide bomber was shot dead by Afghan security forces in eastern Khost province of Afghanistan on Saturday morning.