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

Friday, November 7, 2014

War News for Friday, November 7, 2014

Afghan soldiers dying at record rate in Taliban fight:  --  This year 4,634 have been killed in action, compared to 4,350 in 2013.

Demolition derby at huge US base as Afghan exit quickens

New NATO chief in Kabul as combat mission wraps up

More Than 600 Reported Chemical Exposure in Iraq, Pentagon Acknowledges

Reported security incidents
#1: At least five suspected militants were killed and 10 injured Friday when forces targeted hideouts in Pakistan`s Khyber Agency. According to officials, artillery and mortars were fired in the Sipah and Akakhel areas, Dawn online reported.

#2: Unknown gunmen opened fire on security personnel in Bannu on Friday and killed a policeman while another sustained injuries, Geo News reported Friday. According to police, the incident occurred in Miryan area od Bannu when the armed assailants opened fire on two policeman who were standing outside their house. Resultantly, one cop was killed and the other got injured who was shifted to Bannu District Hospital.

#3: At least 11 civilians who were murdered by Taliban militants in southeastern Paktia province have been identified as government employees. According to local government officials, the individuals were on their way in Zurmat district when they were captured by Taliban and were shot dead. The provincial police chief Zalmai Orya Khel said the dead bodies of the slain individuals were found on Thursday morning from Mamozai area.