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

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

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Reported security incidents
#1: Pakistan Army said on Wednesday it had killed 11 militants in air strikes in a troubled tribal district near the Afghan border. The raids took place Tuesday evening in Tirah area of Khyber district

#2: Two Afghan army soldiers and eight militants have been killed within the last 24 hours, said the country's Defense Ministry on Wednesday morning. "Over the past 24 hours, eight Taliban militants were killed and six others detained following army operations in six provinces out of the 34 Afghan provinces," the ministry said in a statement.

#3: 5 armed oppositions were killed in clearing operation led by police forces in Almar district, Faryab province.

#4: A clearing operation under the code name of (Khaibar) started in Laghman province.

#5: 12 armed Taliban insurgents including six commanders of them were killed in NATO air raid in Nooristan province last night.