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

Monday, November 3, 2014

War News for Monday, November 3, 2014

Reported security incidents
#1: An AFP report says that a deputy provincial governor in Kandahar in Afghanistan has been shot dead while he was attending a class at a university. According to the report, thirty-two-year-old Abdul Qadeem Patyall succumbed to his injuries after a gunman opened fire at him through the window of a classroom at Kandahar University. The incident took place late Sunday

#2: At least 45 people were killed on Sunday when a suicide bomber blew himself up near the Pakistani-Indian border, police said, just after a daily ceremony when troops from both sides simultaneously lower the two nations' flags.

#3: Unknown armed men shot dead a provincial judge in Ghor province with Firoz Koh as its capital 360 km west of Kabul on Sunday night, provincial governor Sayed Anwar Rahmati said Monday.

#4: A commander of local police forces was injured in Badakhshan province last night.

#5: Local officials in northeastern Badakhshan province have said at least 40 Taliban militants have been killed following military operations in Wardoj district.