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

Thursday, November 14, 2013

War News for Thursday, November 14, 2013

NATO is reporting the death of an ISAF soldier from a roadside bombing in an undisclosed location in southern Afghanistan on Wednesday, November 14th.

Afghan contractor with insurgent ties given contracts, access to U.S. facilities

US cancels purchase of Russian helicopters for Afghanistan

Reported security incidents
#1: Three Taliban militants were killed by police while planting mine on a road in western Afghan province of Farah late Wednesday night, a local official said Thursday. "Four Taliban rebels were busy planting mine on a road in Pustht Koh district when local police patrol identified the rebels and opened fire killing three on the spot," provincial government spokesman Abdul Rahman Zhawandoy told Xinhua.

#2: A suicide bomber, according to Ghazni police, targeted a police checkpoint early Thursday morning killing himself and injuring two policemen. The incident took place in Muqar district at around 05:00 a.m. local time, injuring two local policemen, according to a senior police officer, Assadullah Safi. Safi also noted that the attacker lost his life in the blast.

#3: In the second incident which took place in Kajaki district of Helmand province, two persons were killed as their motorbike ran over a roadside bomb organized by Taliban militants, spokesman for Helmand's provincial government Omar Zawak told Xinhua.

#4: Units of police have killed eight Taliban fighters across the country over the past 24 hours, a statement of Interior Ministry released here on Thursday said.

#5: Taliban militants have torched houses of at least 20 Afghan local police (ALP) officers and militants who have joined peace process in eastern Kunar province of Afghanistan, local officials said.