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

Monday, July 11, 2016

Update for Monday, July 11, 2016

In an unannounced visit to Baghdad, U.S. Secretary of Defense Ashton Carter says U.S. will deploy 560 additional troops to Iraq to support the offensive against Mosul. It appears at least some of them will be at the recently recaptured Qayyarah airbase, which will be the staging area for the assault.

Reports that IS forces are abandoning Hawija, a city in Kirkuk province.