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, October 9, 2014

War News for Thursday, October 9, 2014

Two Pakistani journalists killed, taking murder tally this year to 13

Suicide car bomb kills 12 soldiers in SE Yemen

Reported security incidents
#1: Two suspected U.S. drone strikes killed at least five militants in Pakistan's northwestern tribal region where the military has been fighting insurgents since June, Pakistani intelligence officials said Thursday. The latest drone strikes came just hours apart. In the first strike, two drone-fired missiles hit a moving vehicle in the village of Datta Khel in North Waziristan late on Wednesday night, killing at least two militants, the official said. Two more missiles flattened a militant compound and killed three militants in the same region early on Thursday, the officials said, speaking on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to talk to media.

#2: Afghan forces backed by helicopters have killed 70 militants over the past three days in Ajristan district of the southern Ghazni province, provincial police chief Zarawar Zahid said Thursday