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

Monday, September 1, 2014

War News for Monday, September 1, 2014

Reported security incidents
#1: Eight armed insurgents including two commanders of them were killed in drone attack of foreign troops in Kunar province. The attack took place in Peshigul village, Asadabad capital of that province. General Abdul Habib Syeedkhail police chief of Kunar said BNA, Qari Malang and Mawlawi Hakim two Taliban commanders with their six men lost their lives in the attack.

#2: Four armed Taliban were killed in explosion of their own mine in Jouzjan province yesterday.

#3: At least 3 policemen were killed following an insider attack in central Uruzgan province of Afghanistan late Sunday. Provincial governor spokesman, Dost Mohammad Nayab, has said the incident took place on Sunday night in Shahid Asas district. Nayab further added that the attack was carried out by four policemen who opened fire on their three comrades in a check post in Kekhi area.