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

Sunday, May 4, 2014

News of the Day for Sunday, May 4, 2014

Government has confirmed 300 dead in landslide at Aab Barik, given up looking for 2100. An additional 700 families have been displaced. The linked article from the Daily Mail has many photographs and more details. Flooding and landslides are common in Afghanistan in spring, but the scale of this disaster is possibly unprecedented.

A sticky bomb attached to an army jeep injures 2 civilian bystanders in Kunduz. According to Wakht, a civilian was killed.

Ten militants are said to be killed by a roadisde bomb in Chul Dokhtaran, Kandahar, which the Interior Ministry says they planted themselves.

Insurgents are also killed by their own bomb in Pul-e-Alam, Logar.

A Pakstani "seurity official" is killed in Bajaur by fire from Afghanistan. It is not known who is responsible.

Militants in Faryab kill an intelligence official who they abducted on Saturday.

A reader associated with the Coalition Memorial Project sends this link  to the Canadian government web site honoring the fallen from Iraq and Afghanistan. The Coalition Memorial archive features information about some specific fallen troops including individuals who war killed after they made it home.