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, May 8, 2016

Update for Sunday, May 8, 2016

Two Romanian soldiers are killed in southern Afghanistan by attackers wearing Afghan army uniforms. The attackers were killed by return fire. No other details as of yet.

A crash on the Kabul-Kandahar highway involving two buses and a fuel tanker kills more than 50 people. Reckless driving, rather than any hostile act, appears to have been the cause.

Afghan government executes six Taliban prisoners by hanging. Accounts I have found do not identify the condemned or specify their crimes. Many accounts suggest that the reason for carrying out these executions now is a response to last months suicide bombing in Kabul.

A woman is killed by masked gunmen in Herat. Although the account does not identify her or propose a motive this appears to have been a politically motivated assassination.

Update: Thanks to Chet, Romanian soldiers killed in action are identified as Sergeant Dumitrescu Julian and Sergeant Vizireanu Adrian. A third has been airlifted to a U.S military hospital with serious injuries. (Sorry, I don't have a link to English sources.)

Taliban attack a police checkpoint near Kabul, killing one officer. I note that Afghan casualties usually go unidentified.

A U.S. soldier, 1st Lt. David A. Bauders, died in a non-combat incident at al-Asad airbase in Anbar province, Iraq.