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 19, 2014

War News for Thursday, June 19, 2014

Tens of thousands flee Pakistan offensive

Afghan election in peril over Abdullah's fraud claims

Reported security incidents
#1: Four Taliban militants struck a NATO post in the eastern Afghan province of Nangarhar on Thursday, destroying dozens of trucks and sparking a gun battle with police, Afghan officials said. The attack took place in the parking compound of a NATO base near the Torkham crossing on the Pakistani border, near the Khyber Pass and a main supply route for NATO-led forces in land-locked Afghanistan. He said 37 trucks containing fuel and other supplies were destroyed in explosions set off by the attackers.

#2: Four persons were killed and more than twenty injured when a vehicle carrying IDPs from North Waziristan Agency turned turtle while they were on their way to Bannu on Thursday, Geo News reported.


Dancewater said...

Above is a radio interview of one of the lawyers for a GITMO detainee who was released recently. I know Frank Goldsmith - a good man.