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

Sunday, March 9, 2014

News of the Day for Sunday, March 9, 2014

Seven civilians are killed and 8 injured in an IED explosion in Musa Qala, Helmand province. AP also reports 2 civilians killed in a bombing in Kajaki district, and a police officer killed in an attack on a checkpoint in the same area.

Vice President Marshal Mohammad Qasim Fahim dies at age 56.

Four Afghan soldiers and 2 police officers killed while trying to defuse a bomb in Laghman province  on Saturday.

Taliban kill 3 teachers and abduct 1 in Ghor province. They were returning from a seminar in the provincial capital.

Canadian forces are packing up to leave Afghanistan. Canada at one time had 2,000 troops in the country, including artillery, armored forces, and helicopters. The country's remaining 100 will leave next week. The contingent will vacation in Cyprus before returning home. In 13 years, 158 Canadian soldiers died in Afghanistan.