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, January 9, 2014

War News for Thursday, January 09, 2014

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Reported security incidents
#1: At least 10 militants and three soldiers were killed in a clash in North Waziristan late Wednesday, the military said. According to Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR), the incident took place in South Waziristan tribal district Ladha along the Afghan border when a group of militants attacked a security forces check post.

#2: At least nine people, including three children, have been killed in a blast at a house in Pakistan's north-western Khyber tribal area, reports say. It took place in an arms dump at the home of a tribal leader in the Tirah Valley, which has seen clashes between militant groups and the military.

#3: According to local authorities in southern Helmand province of Afghanistan, an Afghan child was killed in coalition security forces fire on Thursday. Provincial governor spokesman, Omar Zwak confirming the report, said coalition forces opened fire on an Afghan child in Greshk district on Thursday morning.