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 23, 2013

War News for Saturday, November 23, 2013

Thousands block NATO supply route in Pakistan

Reported security incidents
#1: Two children were injured when the Afghanistan-based militants fired mortar shells on the Nawagai tehsil of the Bajaur Agency on Friday.The sources said the militants fired mortar shells from the Kunar province of Afghanistan which hit a house in Hashim Charmang village in the Nawagai tehsil.

#2: Unidentified armed men in Maidan Wardak Province attacked and wounded Malik Hassan, a leading tribal elder, the governor's spokesman, Attaullah Khogyani, said November 22. The assailants opened fire on Hassan's home in Daimirdad District, Khogyani said in his statement.

#3: Militants kidnapped 11 Pakistani teachers involved in a polio vaccination campaign for school children on Saturday, officials said, the latest in a string of attacks on health workers trying to eradicate the deadly disease.

#4: Seven Taliban militants were killed as their explosive device went off prematurely in the eastern Nangarhar province on Friday night, Interior Ministry said in a statement on Saturday.