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

Tuesday, December 23, 2014

War News for Tuesday, December 23, 2014

At least 60 journalists killed in 2014: Report

Taliban Push Into Afghan Districts That U.S. Had Secured

Reported security incidents
#1: More than 130 militants have been killed and injured in the mountainous Dangam district of the eastern Kunar province over the past 24 hours as clash goes on in the area, an army spokesman in the province said Tuesday. He also confirmed that one Afghan soldier had been killed and four others injured since Monday.

#2: Two persons, both civilians were injured as a blast targeted a military vehicle in Kunduz city, the capital of Kunduz province, 250 km north of Kabul on Tuesday, spokesman for provincial government said.

#3: Three rockets were fired on Farah province this morning. Jawad Afghan Farah acting governor Spokesman said BNA, three rockets were fired on central regions of Farah province which caused financial damages but there were no human loses.

#4: An explosion rocks Kabul city at 4:00 am this morning in relevant areas of 10th precinct. Col. Najibullah Samsoor director of police chief in 10th precinct told BNA correspondent, the explosion took place in Qala-e-Fathullah region, but there were no casualties or damages for residents.