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 19, 2013

War News for Thursdayy, December 19, 2013

Soldier killed in Afghanistan helicopter crash has local ties - crew chief Chris Bohler

Soldier From Elkhart, Ind. Killed In Helicopter Crash In Afghanistan - Army Staff Sgt. Jesse Lee Williams

71 Journalists Killed in 2013

Reported security incidents
#1: At least 23 militants were killed during a clash with security forces in Pakistan's North Waziristan tribal region, where a suicide attack had taken place earlier, officials said. According to a security official, the militants tried to ambush a security forces' convoy which was returning from Khajuri checkpost area in Mir Ali of North Waziristan tribal region where the suicide attack had taken place, the Dawn reported Thursday. The gun battle between the security forces and the militants continued for several hours during which the 23 militants were killed. Three security personnel were injured in the clash.