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

Sunday, November 2, 2014

News of the Day for Sunday, November 2, 2014

A man is killed and five people are injured by a Taliban missile attack in Alishing, Laghman province. The attack apparently targeted a military outpost but went awry and hit a civilian house. Separately in Laghman, in Alingar district, an attack on a rickshaw killed two civilians. Khaama's accounts are slightly different, putting the injury toll at 6 in the first attack and saying the second attack targeted a car, not a rickshaw.

Police say they thwarted a car bomb attack in southern Helmand province.

Afghan parliament passes a draft law to ban recruitment of child soldiers. Apparently both the army and the national police have employed underage boys.

The Guardian reviews "The Underground Girls of Kabul," which describes the common practice of pretending that girls are boys, both because of the greater prestige of sons and the greater opportunities the girls gain. Progress for women in Afghanistan has largely been limited to urban areas.

Afghan special forces said to kill 4 militants in southern Kandhar with ISAF air support. However, it seems it was actually the ISAF air strike that killed the militants.

Here's your daily MoI claptrap. They're only claiming 17 kills today.