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

Wednesday, January 8, 2014

War News for Wednesday, January 08, 2014

Obama lost faith in Afghan strategy, Gates’ memoir says

PAKISTAN: Balochistan; 160 persons extra judicially killed, 510 disappeared and 50 decomposed bodies were found during 2013

Iraqi prime minister says victory certain as Falluja assault looms

In Iraqi City Under Siege, More Support for Militants Than Officials

Reported security incidents
#1: A policeman was killed and another injured when unidentified gunmen opened indiscriminate fire at a police check post in northwest Pakistan today. The incident occurred in a posh locality of Peshawar, the provincial capital of Khyber-Pakthunkhwa province. Unidentified gunmen opened indiscriminate fire on the check post in which a head constable was killed instantly while another received serious injuries, police sources said.

#2: Earlier in the morning, a Station House Officer (SHO) and two other police personnel were injured when some unidentified assailants opened fire on the SHO's vehicle in Peshawar.

#3: Five rebels were killed in own mine blast in southern province of Kandahar, an official said Tuesday adding all were Taliban planning to hide the explosives on the way to target military vehicles.

#4: Units of Afghan police backed by the army have killed seven Taliban militants during series of operations across the country over the past 24 hours, Interior Ministry said in a statement released here Wednesday.

#5: According to local authorities in eastern Kunar province of Afghanistan, the Pakistani military has fired at least ten artillery shells in this province. Mr. Syed Khel further added that the shelling started late Tuesday night and continued until early Wednesday morning.

#6: An explosion was heard in capital Kabul on Wednesday morning, in the 8th district of Kabul city. Officials in the interior ministry of Afghanistan confirmed that the blast in capital Kabul was due to controlled explosion by Afghan security forces. 

#7: National Directorate of Security (NDS) foiled a plot to assassinate a senior Afghan intelligence official in capital Kabul.