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, September 30, 2014

War News for Tuesday, September 30, 2014


184 polio cases reported in Pakistan this year

Pakistan anti-polio campaign misses over 16,000 children

Afghanistan and USA ink long-awaited security agreement

from the long war journal:  Islamic State ambushes Iraqi military column near Ramadi -- off topic but some good details for a change from the corporate media -- whisker

Reported security incidents
#1: Three people were injured on Tuesday when a polio team was attacked in Gujranwala. On August 31, the Gujranwala district health office had announced that a polio vaccination campaign would be launched on September 29.

#2: One militant has reportedly been killed in an ongoing encounter between the army and militants in  Jammu and Kashmir's  Kupwara district on Tuesday.

#3: At least 47 Taliban militants were killed and 26 others were injured following counter-terrorism operations in the past 24 hours.

#4: At least 6 Afghan National Army (ANA) soldiers were martyred following roadside bomb explosion, defense officials said Tuesday. The exact location of the incident where the 6 Afghan army soldiers were martyred was not disclosed.

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