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

Saturday, March 8, 2014

War News for Saturday, March 08, 2014

Reported security incidents
#1: A bomb blast in Jalalabad city in Afghanistan on Saturday killed a district governor and injured five others, a local official said. “The bomb was planted inside the vehicle of Noor Agha Kamran, the Governor of Nazian district, and the device exploded around 9 a.m. killing the district governor and injuring one policeman and four civilians,” a public relations officer at the provincial government office added.

#2: At least 26 Taliban militants were killed or injured following military operations by Afghan national security forces in various provinces of the country.