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 14, 2014

War News for Fridayy, November 14, 2014

Reported security incidents
#1: Jet strikes killed at least 30 suspected militants and destroyed a number of insurgent hideouts in the North Waziristan tribal region. According to the Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR), foreign militants were among the 30 who were killed when jet fighters carried out airstrikes in North Waziristan's Dattakhel area. The area is off-limits to journalists, making it impossible to independently verify the exact numbers and identity the dead.

#2: A policeman was killed on Friday when armed men attacked a checkpost in Quetta's Hana area.
Police sources told Dawn that four armed motorcyclists resorted to indiscriminate firing at a police checkpost in the Nasarabad area of Hana.

#3: Unknown gunmen shot dead a prominent cleric in western Herat province of Afghanistan late on Thursday, local officials said.