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, August 27, 2014

War News for Wednesday, August 27, 2014


Afghan war-boom economy goes bust as foreign troop pullout nears, election dispute rages

Afghan election audit disrupted


Reported security incidents
#1: Afghan security forces are battling the Taliban for control of the northern province of Kunduz, where insurgents are threatening to overrun the capital and terrorising residents who have fled to nearby districts.

#2: At last 5 Afghan National Army (ANA) soldiers were martyred following roadside bomb explosion, defense officials said Wednesday. Defense Ministry spokesman, Gen. Zahir Azimi, said the Afghan soliers were martyed following improvised explosive device (IED) attack in the past 24 hours.

#3: At least 25 Taliban militants were killed and 6 others were injured during military operations by Afghan national security forces in the past 24 hours.

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