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, April 26, 2017

Update for Wednesday, April 26, 2017

NYT's Michael Gordon goes to the front lines in Mosul, ducks fire as he gives  close-up view of the fighting.

A commenter asked how to find casualty reports. Go here, it's searchable by name.

Turkish air strikes on PKK positions in Shingal accidentally kill peshmerga, leading to protests by Kurdistan. Turkish air strikes on PKK have previously been confined to the border region, and tolerated by the Kurdish Regional Government, as well as the Baghdad government and U.S. However, the KRG decries the presence of the PKK in the area and calls on them to leave.

Adult men fleeing Mosul are detained and interrogated. Human rights activists say that some accusations are unwarranted.

An oil pipeline is blown up in Kirkuk.

Residents of the refugee camp near Qayyarah continue to suffer from nearby oil fires.










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