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

Tuesday, December 24, 2013

War News for Tuesday, December 24, 2013

The military is reporting the death of an ISAF soldier from a direct fire attack in an undisclosed location in southern Afghanistan on Monday, December 23rd.

Soldier from the Royal Engineers killed in Afghanistan

U.S. Softens Deadline for Deal to Keep Troops in Afghanistan

Over 500 Taliban prisoners released from Afghan jails

Reported security incidents
#1: Afghan security forces have killed two Taliban militants including a key commander and injured two others in the eastern Laghman province and extended government control over several villages, a statement released by provincial administration said Tuesday. "Security forces kicked off operations against Taliban militants in parts of Alinegar district on Sunday night and during Tuesday's operations, two Taliban rebels including a key commander were killed and two others sustained injuries,"the statement added.

#2: National Directorate of Security (NDS) forces arrested a group of four insurgents, who were appointed to assassinate Nangarhar provincial governor, Maulavi Ataullah Ludin.

#3: At least 7 militants were killed and 8 others were injured during military operations by Afghan national security forces during the past 24 hours, interior ministry said in a statement.


Dancewater said...

and meanwhile, in Iraq, the horror started by the US government, continues.......

so very sad.