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

Sunday, March 8, 2015

A Brief Update for Sunday, March 8, 2015

A Canadian special forces soldier is killed in a friendly fire incident on Friday, in Nineveh province. According to Peshmerga sources, a group of Canadian soldiers showed up unannounced in the village of Bashiq, the scene of recent heavy fighting. When asked to identify themselves, they answered in Arabic, whereupon Peshmerga opened fire.

The dead soldier is Sgt. Andrew Joseph Doiron. Three others were wounded. The Canadian military has offered no explanation for the soldiers' actions.

In other news, old friend Muqtada al-Sadr has condemned a visit by U.S. ambassador Stuart Jones to the shrine of Imam Ali. Al-sadr "described the American ambassador as a terrorist and said the US is the main factor behind the suffering, destruction and terrorism that Iraqis are going through."