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 22, 2014

War News for Saturday, March 22, 2014

Two Canadians among nine killed in Afghan attack  --  Karim Thomas, Roshan Thomas

2 Bangladeshis among Taliban attack casualties --   Dr AK Abdul Momen,

Serena Hotel: Pakistani injured, not killed, in Kabul attack  --  Syed Muhammad Ahmed Sharjeel Zaidi

Indian among nine killed in Kabul hotel attack

Colleagues mourn Afghan journalist killed in Taliban attack in Kabul hotel --  Afghan journalist Sardar Ahmad

Iraq Hit by Wave of Bombings and Attacks  --  Thirty-seven people were killed on Friday in a wave of bombings and attacks across Iraq, and eight soldiers were kidnapped, security officials said.

Reported security incidents
#1: A senior official at the Kandahar governor’s office, Dr. Parvez Najib, succumbed to his injuries late on Friday night, the provincial government said on Saturday. Najib was seriously wounded in a bomb blast at the Shah Wali shrine in Khakrez district earlier in the day, when local officials were on the way to attend a flag-hoisting ceremony there.

#2: At least five miltants were killed and eight arrested in a shootout in Pakistan’s Balochistan province Saturday, a security official said. The shootout took place during a search operation carried out by security forces in the Pidrak area of Turbat in the Kech district of Balochistan, the security official told Dawn online.