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, February 5, 2014

War News for Wednesday, February 05, 2014

German deployments extended to Afghanistan, Mali

US cuts back on drone strikes in Pakistan, report

Reported security incidents
#1: Eight people were killed and 42 injured on Tuesday when a suicide bomber blew himself up outside a charity hotel in Pakistan’s northwestern city of Peshawar, officials said, in an apparent sectarian attack. “Eight people were killed and twenty six have been injured in a suicide blast outside a local hotel yards away from an imambargah,” senior police official Faisal Mukhtar said.

#2: The blast came as a prominent scholar was gunned down in the same part of the city on Tuesday morning, in what also appeared to be a targeted sectarian killing.

#3: Three militants were killed and five others detained in military operations carried out by Afghan security forces since early Tuesday, said the country's Interior Ministry on Wednesday.