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, May 30, 2014

War News for Friday, May 30, 2014

U.S. Strategy to Fight Terrorism Increasingly Uses Proxies

Reported security incidents
#1: At least three soldiers were killed in a bomb explosion in Pakistan's northwest tribal area of North Waziristan on Thursday, officials said. Inter Services Public Relations, the mouthpiece of Pakistan army, said in a statement that the explosive materials planted along the roadside targeted a team of soldiers patrolling on foot near Nosher Fort area of North Waziristan, a semi-autonomous tribal area along Pakistan-Afghan border.

#2: According to local authorities in eastern Paktika province, at least eight militants were killed following a NATO airstrike in this province. The provincial police chief, Gen. Nabi Jan Malakhel said the airstrike was carried out late Thursday night in Yahya Khel district.

#3: At least five Taliban militants including the group’s shadow governor for Kunduz province was killed following a military operation.

#4: A senior intelligence official was killed following an explosion in northern Jawzjan province of Afghanistan.