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, June 22, 2016

Update for Wednesday, June 22, 2016

As of Tuesday, the U.S. military was saying that the Iraqi government was exaggerating the success so far in Fallujah and that 2/3 of the city remained contested . Nevertheless, Iraqi commanders continue to claim that they are in a mopping up stage.

Regardless of the stage of battle in Fallujah, the humanitarian disaster continues unabated as refugees lack any shelter whatsoever and face critical shortages of food and water.

U.S. military leaders are not asking president Obama to send humanitarian aid, rather they are preparing to ask for more U.S. troops to be sent to Iraq.

Turkey continues its air campaign against the PKK. (I don't routinely link to these stories, this is pretty much a daily occurrence, but we get no information on the effectiveness of these strikes. The Kurdish Regional Government does not object, as far as I can tell.)

As you probably know, the pentagon normally does not publicly announce non-fatal combat injuries. They are now being explicit about this. U.S. forces are being injured in Iraq and Syria, but it's a secret. Unless they die.

[I may have an update later today including Afghanistan news.-- C]


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