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

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

War News for Tuesday, June 17, 2014

US hikes surveillance on Afghan-Pakistan border: US general

Thousands flee Pakistan military operation for Afghanistan

Fighting northeast of Baghdad kills 44 detainees

Militants Attack Central Iraq City of Baquba: Officials

Reported security incidents
#1: Pakistani officials say at least 15 suspected militants were killed on Tuesday as military jets pounded targets in a northwestern tribal region bordering Afghanistan.

#2: A child was killed and five others were injured following a rocket attack by Taliban militants in eastern Kunar province. Another local security official said the main target of the rocket was a security check post; however, the mortar fired landed on a residential house.