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 29, 2014

War News for Wednesday, January 29, 2014

How America spent $200 million teaching Afghan cops to read — and failed

Reported security incidents
#1: Provincial authorities say a suicide bomber has killed two Afghan soldiers in a market in eastern Afghanistan. Shafiqullah Nang, spokesman for the eastern province of Ghazni, said another three civilians were wounded in the blast in a bazaar in the Qarabagh district of the province on Wednesday.

#2: At least two Afghan national army soldiers were killed following a roadside improvised explosive device (IED) explosion in southern Helmand province of Afghanistan.

#3: At least three members of a family were killed following an explosion triggered by Unexploded ordnance (UXO) in capital Kabul early Wednesday morning.