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 24, 2014

War News for Wednesday, December 24, 2014

U.S. has Spent $1.6 Trillion on Wars in Iraq and Afghanistan

''A new chapter in Afghan-NATO ties''

Four including Chinese killed in AJK dam accident

US Navy investigating soldier who claimed to have shot Bin Laden

For first time, ISIS downs and captures coalition pilot -- a Jordanian

Afghan cabinet formation in final stage

Taliban Supreme Leader Mullah Omar is in Karachi city of Pakistan

Reported security incidents
#1: Deputy Mayor of Ghani Khail district, Nangarhar province was shot dead by unknown gunmen today.

#2: At least 22 Taliban militants were killed and 7 others were wounded following counter-terrorism operations conducted jointly by Afghan national security forces.