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

Saturday, December 27, 2014

War News for Saturday, December 27, 2014

US plagued by doubts as it exits Afghan war

Reported security incidents
#1: Afghanistan's Nato-led foreign force mistakenly killed three civilians in an air strike, Afghan officials said on Saturday.

#2: Four people were killed and two others wounded after a roadside bomb hit a vehicle in the southern Kandahar province Friday night, a local official said on Saturday. "A mine planted by militants struck a car in Dand district Friday evening, leaving four persons including three security personnel and a civilian, dead," spokesman for Kandahar provincial government Samim Khapalwak told reporters. Two other civilians sustained injuries in the blast, he added.

#3: Pakistani warplanes and ground forces killed 39 militants as part of a continuing operation in a volatile tribal region near the Afghan border, the Pakistani military said. The airstrikes were carried out Friday evening in the Datta Khel area of the North Waziristan tribal region, an army statement said Saturday

#4: One suicide bomber was killed while another blew himself up during a security forces’ operation in Pakistan’s Balochistan province Saturday morning.

#5: In a joint operation conducted by Afghan security forces 6 insurgents were killed in Kapisa province yesterday.


anatta said...

re: US plagued with doubts " now that 'combat missions are ending'

of course there are doubts was it worth it all - prolly not as nationbuilding is the most difficult war.

But optimistic the ANSF are cohesive enough to become a national army -which is a glue to hold together a nation.

so we'll see.

PS thanks for everything here one more time WHISKER