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, December 21, 2013

War News for Saturday, December 21, 2013

Reported security incidents
#1: Gunmen in Pakistan have killed a health worker who was administering the polio vaccine in a restive tribal region near the Afghan border. Officials say the attack took place Saturday in Jamrud in the Khyber tribal district.

#2: Over 50 people, including militants, have reportedly died in Pakistan’s lawless North Waziristan region in the past three days after the army launched an operation in retaliation for a suicide attack on its soldiers. The army claims troops had killed only militants and foreign fighters operating in the semi-autonomous tribal district but residents said civilians had also died. The violence in North Waziristan, triggered by Wednesday night’s suicide attack on security forces, continued yesterday as three persons were killed when troops fired at a vehicle during curfew near Khajori check post, the Dawn daily reported.