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

Friday, April 4, 2014

War News for Friday, April 04, 2014


Signs of underground ocean found on Saturn moon - [off topic] -- whisker


Reported security incidents
#1: Canadian-born journalist working for the Associated Press was wounded Friday while on assignment in Afghanistan. Kathy Gannon, 60, of Timmins, Ont., was shot twice and the news agency said she was in stable condition and talking to medical personnel. However, Associated Press photographer Anja Niedringhaus, 48, of Germany was killed in the attack in eastern Afghanistan. The news agency said an Afghan police officer opened fire on the pair while they were sitting in their car in the outskirts of Khost city in Tani district. They were in their own car with a freelancer and a driver waiting for the convoy to move when a unit commander walked up yelled “Allahu Akbar” (God is Great) and opened fire on them in the back seat with his AK-47. He then surrendered to the other police and was arrested.

#2: A semi-official Iranian news agency is reporting that an al-Qaida-affiliated militant group operating in a lawless frontier area along the Pakistan-Iran border has released Iranian border guards abducted two months ago. Friday´s report by the Fars news agency quotes an unnamed official as saying the guards were handed over to Iranian officials in Pakistan. It did not elaborate.

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