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, September 23, 2015

Update for Wednesday, September 23, 2015

A NATO soldier from the Republic of Georgia is killed in action while on patrol outside Bagram air base. According to the New York Times, the patrol was undertaken to find the possible source of a rocket attack on the base. Such attacks are common.

The Department of Defense announced the death of a U.S. soldier, also at Bagram, in a non-combat incident. Spc. Kyle E. Gilbert, 24, of Buford, Georgia, died Sept. 21. He was assigned to 2nd Battalion, 14th Infantry Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain Division, Fort Drum, New York.

Taliban control Dand-e-Ghori in Baghlan province  despite a recent agreement between the government and local elders. The Taliban have forbidden girls to attend school in the area and have also taken control of the curriculum.

Although Gen. John Campbell denies there is a policy to ignore sexual abuse of boys in Afghanistan many troops say otherwise. Special Forces Sgt. Charles Martland, who was discharged from the army for confronting an Afghan officer who had raped a boy, lost his appeal for reinstatement.


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