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 31, 2013

War News for Tuesday, December 31, 2013

11 journalists killed in Pakistan in 2013: Report

US-led coalition sees lower casualties in 2013 as Afghan forces take lead in fighting

Reported security incidents
#1: An Afghan official says gunshots erupted during a rally in a northern province where a group was protesting the selection of candidates for the 2014 elections, killing two people and wounding eight. Governor Khirullah Anosh says the shooting took place on Tuesday outside his office in the town of Aibak in Samangan province. About 300 people had gathered for the protest.

#2: The Afghan Interior Ministry said Tuesday that the country's national security forces have killed eight militants during operation since early Monday. "Afghan National Security Forces (ANSF) conducted anti- terrorism operations in Zabul, Uruzgan and Wardak provinces over the last 24 hours. As a result, eight armed Taliban members were killed and two others were arrested by the ANSF,"the ministry said in a statement providing daily operational updates.