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

Thursday, June 12, 2014

War News for Thursday, June 12, 2014

Militants on March in Iraq Undo What U.S. Sought

Militants have Bagdad in their sights -- fighters have seized the town of Dhuluiyah, 90km from the capital on Thursday 

The militants were repulsed in heavy fighting when they tried to enter Samarra

Tikrit - the hometown of executed dictator Saddam Hussein - was the second provincial capital to fall on Wednesday

Britain cannot repeat the mistakes of Iraq by sending in troops to tackle ISIS militant uprising, Clegg warns

Reported security incidents
#1: The Pakistani government has condemned two strikes by American drones that have killed 13 suspected militants and marked the resumption of the CIA-led program after a nearly six-month break. Pakistani officials said missiles from suspected American drones slammed into militant hideouts in the North Waziristan tribal areas in two separate incidents on Wednesday night and Thursday morning.

#2: Gunmen shot dead a pro-government tribal elder and his son in a restive Pakistani region near the Afghan border, officials said on Thursday. The incident took place in the area of Kitkoot, 32 kilometres (20 miles) northwest of Khar, the capital of Bajaur tribal region.

#3: About 35 Taliban militants have been killed in Afghan army operations within day, said the country's Defense Ministry on Thursday morning. Four army soldiers lost their lives in separate roadside bombings over the same period of time, according to the statement.