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 26, 2014

War News for Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Pakistan plans military operation in North Waziristan, targeting extremist groups

Trust Eroded, Obama Looks Beyond Karzai

Reported security incidents
#1: Afghan officials say a suicide car bomber killed seven people and wounded 42 in an attack on a crowded restaurant in the southern part of the country. Gen. Matiullah Khan, police chief of Uruzgan province, said the explosion took place Tuesday evening in Tirin Kot, southern Afghanistan.

#3: The Afghan Interior Ministry on Wednesday said that 37 militants were killed during security operations across the country within the last 24 hours.

#4: Earlier on Wednesday, a would-be suicide bomber was arrested and his suicide jacket was defused by police in northern province of Kunduz, the deputy provincial police chief Ebadullah Talwar told Xinhua, adding police launched an investigation into the case but the target of the attack remained unknown.

#5: Afghan intelligence operatives foiled coordinated attacks in western Ghor province of Afghanistan, National Directorate of Security (NDS) said Wednesday.