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, May 1, 2017

Update for Monday, May 1, 2017

U.S. soldier killed by IED near Mosul on Saturday is identified as army 1st Lt. Weston C. Lee, 25, of Bluffton, Georgia. He was assigned to the 1st Battalion, 325th Infantry Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 82nd Airborne Division, Fort Bragg, North Carolina. He was a recipient of the Purple Heart and Bronze Star.

Iraqi Vice President Osama al-Nujaifi says the humanitarian situation in Mosul is catastrophic. He cites famine among the hundreds of thousands who remain in the city.

The Pentagon says U.S. air strikes have killed at least 352 civilians during Operation Inherent Resolve. Others say the total is much higher, by an order of magnitude.

Here's an analysis of the problem of civilian casualties from an AP reporter.

Iraqi army chief of staff Lieutenant General Othman al-Ghanmi expects the battle for Mosul to be over before the end of May. However, we have heard some overly optimistic projections in the past.

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Unknown said...

God bless the fallen and pray for the safe return of all American soldiers and their families.

Unknown said...

God bless the fallen and pray for the safe return of all American soldiers and their families.

Patricia Lopez said...

May they Rest In Peace for fighting, may God Bless them and families.

edwinoel said...

Amen. We honor them as heroes, and we pray for them, they died for us, for justice, truth, God's mercy in freedom and love, as I grieve for them, and as we may all grieve for them, for their families and for the astray. Being friends of one another, in fellowship of the Holy Spirit, in fellowship of those who have died and now lived forever and in fellowship with the light of truth, pure are they in their hearts of love. Things happen because they need to happen. It is God's greater will that all these may lead us to spreading the gospel of truth, we as the consecrated need to lead the way, Jesus' way, without fear, where the light sets us free from all bondages of evil, that peace, happiness and order may prosper in the world. They have become one body with the Spirit of God, sacrificing their lives to keep the world freed from darkness. God knows their hearts, by their 'true faith,' they shall live forever with The Lord, for they have lived to free us, as their friends, the community of faithfuls and the innocent, that more may be freed from darkness having lived in the light, of love and life, in the mighty name of Jesus, our Lord and Savior, in these we pray, in the pureness of our hearts, Amen, Blessings to you and to all.