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

Sunday, December 15, 2013

News of the Day for Sunday, December 15, 2013

Mawlavi Ibrahim, district executive of Ghanikhil, Nangarhar province, is dragged out of his car and shot dead.

Four people are killed in a roadside bombing in Kunar province.

Two students are killed and four wounded by a missile strike in Logar. No information as to who fired the missile.

A suicide bombers enters the National Directorate of Security building in Torkam, Nangarhar province, shoots one soldier then detonates his explosives, injuring two others. The city is on the Pakistani border and is a major border crossing.

Hamid Karzai, while visiting New Delhi, says he does not trust the United States.

Interior Ministry makes the usual claim that 28 militants were killed or injured in the past 24 hours, and as usual there were miraculously no casualties among government forces or civilians. (I don't know why I bother to link to this bullshit. I think they just put it on the copier every day.)

Afghan army conducts controlled explosions in Kabul, causing panic.


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