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, March 26, 2014

War News for Monday, March 26, 2014

Foreign observers face hurdles in Afghanistan

Pak team in N Waziristan to hold Taliban talks

No US drone attacks in Pakistan in 3 months

National Guard (In Federal Status) and Reserve Activated as of March 18, 2014

Reported security incidents
#1: update  In Kabul, a candidate for a seat on a provincial council was among those killed when insurgents stormed the election office. Two election workers and a policeman were also among the dead, Kabul Police Chief Gen. Mohammed Zahir said.

#2: Pakistani militants killed one of the five Iranian border guards kidnapped in the Sistan and Baluchestan Province on February 6. UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon spoke out against the murder, RIA Novosti reports.

#3: At least 11 Taliban militants were killed during military operations by Afghan national security forces in various provinces of Afghanistan during the past 24 hours.

#4: According to local authorities in southern Helmand province of Afghanistan, unknown gunmen shot dead a female police officer on Tuesday morning in this province. The incident took place in Greshk district of Helmand province early Tuesday morning, provincial police spokesman Abdul Ahad Chopan said.