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, February 13, 2014

War News for Thursday, February 13, 2014

NATO is reporting the deaths of two ISAF soldiers from an apparent insider attack from two ANA soldiers in an undisclosed location in eastern Afghanistan on Wednesday, February 12th. News reports the incident was at a base in eastern Afghanistan after a dispute leaving both ANA soldiers dead and four additional ISAF soldiers wounded.

'Foreign intelligence services' disrupt Taliban talks: Afghan FM

Afghanistan releases 65 prisoners despite strong U.S. objections

Escaped Inmates From Iraq Fuel Syrian Insurgency

Reported security incidents
A powerful car bomb exploded near a police bus in Pakistan's commercial city of Karachi, killing at least 11 policemen and injuring many more, Al Jazeera reports, citing agencies. The explosion occurred early on Thursday morning as more than 50 officers were getting on the bus near the national highway in Karachi. An explosive-laden car hit the police bus transporting officials for security duty, reported AFP, quoting Muhammad Iqbal, a senior police official. He added that around 40 other policemen were in hospital after an attack outside a police training center. 10 are in critical condition.
#2: At least 52 Taliban militants were killed in following military operations by Afghan national security forces.

#3: A teenager suicide bomber was shot dead by Afghan police forces in eastern Khost province of Afghanistan, local officials said. The officials further added that the incident took place in Mosa Khel district of Khost province on Wednesday evening.