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, October 22, 2014

War News for Wednesday, October 22, 2014

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Reported security incidents
#1: Three persons including two levy personnel injured when a polio eradication team vehicle was targeted with a bomb attack in Bajur Agency on Wednesday.

#2: A gunman shot dead a British national in Pakistan-administered Kashmir, police said Tuesday, as authorities struggle to piece together a motive behind the murder.

#3: At least 30 suspected terrorists have been killed as jet fighters targeted their hideouts in North Waziristan Agency (NWA).

#4: Units of Afghan police backed by the army have killed more than three dozen Taliban militants during series of operations across the strife-torn country over the past 24 hours, Ministry of Interior said in a statement released here on Wednesday.

#5: A number of policemen were injured following a suicide car bomb attack in southern Helmand province early Wednesday. In the meantime, a local security official said the target of the suicide bomber was the police chief for border protection forces.