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

Friday, January 3, 2014

War News for Friday, January 03, 2014

Pakistani TV reporter becomes first journalist killed in 2013

Qaeda-Aligned Militants Threaten Key Iraqi Cities

NSA seeks to build quantum computer that could crack most types of encryption

Reported security incidents
#1: Gunmen in Afghanistan have killed a senior female official in the western city of Herat, police say. She was shot in the head by two unknown attackers on a motorbike as she left her office in the city centre and died at the scene.

#2: Five Afghan civilians were killed while 18 others were wounded Thursday in an explosion in the country’s eastern province of Logar, authorities said. An improvised explosive device (IED) attached to a motorcycle was detonated around 4 p.m. local time in Baraki Barak district bazaar.

DoD: Sgt. Jacob M. Hess