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, April 9, 2014

War News for Wednesday, April 09, 2014

BBC   Nato troops in Afghanistan 'often made conflict worse' -- A Territorial Army captain has resigned to publish a book critical of British actions in Afghanistan. He quit his role in the TA after the Ministry of Defence (MoD) refused to give him permission to publish the study.

Reported security incidents
#1: A bomb has ripped through a fruit and vegetable market on the outskirts of the Pakistani capital of Islamabad, killing at least 18 people and leaving dozens more wounded.

#2: Fresh clashes on Tuesday between two feuding factions of the Pakistani Taliban left 14 people dead, security officials and militant sources said. A total of 34 people have now been killed since fighting broke out Sunday in the Waziristan tribal district between supporters of Khan Said Sajna and followers of the late Hakimullah Mehsud, they said. Militant sources suggested that differences emerged after Khan Said Sajna, a senior commander, was rejected for leadership of the Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) umbrella group, after its former leader Hakimullah Mehsud was killed in a U.S. drone strike last November.

#3: At least 35 Taliban have been killed throughout several provinces of Afghanistan in the last 24 hours, Afghan Ministry of Interior claimed on Wednesday.

#4: Kabul (BNA) including two Pakistani nationals’ twelve insurgents was killed during a military operation in Nangarhar province.