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

Monday, January 13, 2014

War News for Monday, January 13, 2014

Defeat in Afghanistan

Clashes Between Militants and Army Spread in Iraq

Afghan National Army conducts large-scale operation

Reported security incidents
#1: Unknown gunmen shot dead two persons and fled from the scene here in Nowshera on Monday. Police said that the firing incident took place in main market near Pabbi Station of Nowshera. Both persons were killed on the spot in the firing incident and armed motorcyclists managed to escape after committing dual murder, police said.

#2: Six people died Sunday when two improvised explosive devices detonated near the car of the adviser to the prime minister of Pakistan, officials said. Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif's adviser Amir Muqam was not injured in the blast, which happened in the Martong area near Poran, Dawn News reported. Two police officers and four civilians were among those killed, police said.

#3: At least six security personnel were killed and two others injured when a bomb went off near the convoy of a political leader in Pakistan's northwestern Shangla district Sunday afternoon, local Urdu TV channel Abb Takk reported.