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, December 26, 2013

War News for Thursday, December 26, 2013

Canadian military prepares Afghan exit

Georgian soldiers launch operation in Afghanistan

U.S. Sends Arms to Aid Iraq Fight With Extremists

Judge dismisses sailor radiation case - Here’s a little blip which has largely missed the American public. Apparently The USS Ronal Reagan has been contaminated from the Fukushima nuclear reactor disaster in Japan.

Reported security incident:
#1: Four militants were killed in a drone strike on their hideout in Pakistan's North Waziristan tribal area bordering Afghanistan on Thursday, security officials said. The drone fired two rockets in the early hours of Thursday at the compound of top militant commander Gul Bahadur at Mirali village.

#2: A militant belonging to Pakistan based Lashker-e-Toiba (LeT) was killed in an encounter with security forces in Budgam district of Kashmir Valley on Thursday, police said. The militant, identified as Umar Bilal from Pakistan- occupied Kashmir, was killed in a gunfight in Hushroo village of Chadoora area of the central Kashmir district this morning, a police spokesman said.