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, May 21, 2014

News of the Day for Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Villagers find the beheaded bodies of 8 police officers who were kidnapped 2 weeks ago in Zabul province.

In other attacks, a suicide bomber in Nangarhar kills 2 police, and injure the district governor; the Taliban say the governor was killed. Attacks on 2 police posts in Laghman province kill a total of 7 police; while an attacks in Badakhshan kill at least 6.

Independent electoral commission fires 3,000 staff accused of fraud in the first round of the presidential election.

Iran denies reports, noted here on Sunday, that it is recruiting Afghans to fight on behalf of the Assad regime in Syria.

Suicide attack on a government building in Nangarhar kills 2 police, injures 9.

Explosion in a shop in Faryab province kills at least 1 civilian, injures 16.