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, October 22, 2014

War News for Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Roadside bombing kills 3 in Yemen

Reported security incidents
#1: Three persons including two levy personnel injured when a polio eradication team vehicle was targeted with a bomb attack in Bajur Agency on Wednesday.

#2: A gunman shot dead a British national in Pakistan-administered Kashmir, police said Tuesday, as authorities struggle to piece together a motive behind the murder.

#3: At least 30 suspected terrorists have been killed as jet fighters targeted their hideouts in North Waziristan Agency (NWA).

#4: Units of Afghan police backed by the army have killed more than three dozen Taliban militants during series of operations across the strife-torn country over the past 24 hours, Ministry of Interior said in a statement released here on Wednesday.

#5: A number of policemen were injured following a suicide car bomb attack in southern Helmand province early Wednesday. In the meantime, a local security official said the target of the suicide bomber was the police chief for border protection forces.

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

War News for Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Government OKs Czech troops to stay in Afghanistan

Reported security incidents
#1: At least four Afghan soldiers have been killed in a roadside bomb attack on a bus in the capital. General Mohammad Zahir Azimi, spokesman for the Afghan Ministry of Defense, said the blast occurred October 21 while troops were on their way to the ministry in Kabul. Azimi says six more soldiers and six civilians were wounded in the blast, adding that the bomb was detonated by remote control.

#2: Cross-border firing near Pakistan-Afghanistan border in Bajaur Agency this morning has left at least one person dead. The person died in the firing was a civilian. The incident took place when couple of mortar shells were fired from Afghanistan and landed in a house in Charmang Valley. The attack also left the house damaged. Reports say that mortars were fired by the militants, targeting the Pakistani territory.

#3: Three soldiers sustained injuries when the Kunar-based Pakistani Taliban opened fire on them in Mamond tehsil in Bajaur Agency, official sources said on Monday. The sources said militants based in Kunar province of Afghanistan opened fire on the soldiers at the Mamond Ghakhi Pass.

#4: Nearly three dozen Taliban militants have been killed during series of operations across Afghanistan over the past 24 hours, the country's Interior Ministry said in a statement released here on Tuesday.

#5: Five mine planters while they wanted to plant road side mine were killed in Paktika province

Monday, October 20, 2014

War News for Mondaay, October 20, 2014

Pakistan's PM adviser visits Afghanistan

Reported security incidents
#1-2: Hundreds of Taliban militants have launched two attacks in Logar and central province of Ghor in Afghanistan killing at least four soldiers, said local officials.

#1: In Logar province, at least four soldiers died in the east when fighters attacked security posts, reported the BBC.

#2: In the central province of Ghor, at least 500 Taliban militants attacked two villages where the number of casualties remains unclear.

#3: Suspected separatists in Balochistan killed nine laborers on Sunday in what appeared to be an ethnically motivated attack, officials said.

#4: Two border police forces were martyred following armed oppositions ambush in Pashtoon Koot district, Faryab province. The policemen who were riding motorcycle targeted by Taliban militants in Zard Kotal region of the district.

#5: At least 18 Taliban militants were killed following joint military operations by Afghan national security forces in the past 24 yours.

#6: At least five suspected kidnappers were killed following an operation by Afghan National Army (ANA) commando forces in western Herat province.

Sunday, October 19, 2014

News of the Da4y for Sunday, October 19, 2014

One civilian killed, several shops destroyed in a suicide bombing in Jalalabad.

Suicide attack on convoy of Afghan National Army and police in Helmand results in casualties, with conflicting accounts of 2 or 4 deaths of police officers. Five soldiers are also injured.

National Directorate of Security says that Taliban leader Abul Bara Al-Kuwaiti is killed in an operation in Nangarhar. They claim Kuwaiti had "ties to the family" of Ayman al-Zawahiri, whatever that means. (Just as a reminder, Zawahiri, Osama bin-Laden's former second-in-command and current titular leader of the original al-Qaeda organization, is living in Pakistan under the protection of Pakistani security, putative allies of the U.S. No, I don't understand it either.)

Missiles fired from Pakistan injure 1 woman and destroy 5 houses in Kunar province.

Taliban besiege Gizab district, Uruzgan, blocking all routes into the capital. (Gizab is a largely rural area with a population of about 75,000.) "'Most of the schools in the district have been closed," [an anonymous source] said. "If a military operation is not launched in Gizab shortly, the Taliban will take full control of the district," he warned the government."

NDS says it foiled a suicide attack plot in Faryab.

Much attention of late to Anand Gopal's blistering indictment of the U.S. in Afghanistan, No Good Men Among the Living. Hereis the New York Times review by Kim Barker. Excerpt:

It is a devastating, well-honed prosecution detailing how our government bungled the initial salvo in the so-called war on terror, ignored attempts by top Taliban leaders to surrender, trusted the wrong people and backed a feckless and corrupt Afghan regime. . . 

Gopal shows how the Americans messed things up from the beginning. Civilian casualties and night raids bred resentment. The United States also backed the same warlords responsible for atrocities during the ’90s. In the war’s early years, there was no rehabilitation for a former Talib, no re-entry program, no probation, no real way to join the new government. For leaders of the Taliban, unlike other Afghans with a bloody past, there was no way out — except to run or hide.
The American military was also naïve about how things worked in the country. Afghan informants exacted revenge against rivals by calling in raids. Gopal describes how one tribal elder was so successful in uncovering official corruption that he was branded a Taliban spy, which was enough to get him banished to Guantánamo Bay.

Saturday, October 18, 2014

War News for Saturday, October 18, 2014

Reported security incidents
#1: At least two soldiers were killed and as many injured today when their vehicle hit a roadside bomb in Pakistan's restive northwestern tribal region, officials said. The paramilitary Frontier Corps personnel were targeted in Salarzai area of Bajaur district near Afghan border.  

#2: An official says that at least three Afghan security force troops have been killed in a suicide car bombing in southern Afghanistan. An official says that at least three Afghan security force troops have been killed in a suicide car bombing in southern Afghanistan. He says six others, including one civilian and five soldiers, were wounded in the attack, which occurred on the outskirts of Lashkar Gah, the capital of Helmand.

#3: Three people, all civilians sustained injuries as a blast shocked Kunduz provincial capital the Kunduz city 250 km north of Kabul on Saturday, police spokesman Sayed Sarwar Hussaini said. "It was a sticky bomb planted on a vehicle and exploded in front of a mosque in Kunduz city, injuring three passersby," Hussaini told Xinhua.

#4: Following Afghan National Army (ANA) forces clearing operation, 13 armed rebels killed in Ghazni province.

#5: According to another report, in another action of ANA forces in Delaram district, Nemroz province, an armed rebel killed and another wounded.

#6: At least 16 rockets were fired in eastern Kunar province of Afghanistan from the other side of Durand Line in the latest wave of cross-border shelling. Provincial police chief, Abdul Habib Syed Khel said the rockets were fired late Friday night in Dangam district.

#7: At least three Taliban militants were killed following a drone strike by NATO-led coalition forces in eastern Kunar province.

#8: At least 31 Taliban militants were killed and 11 others were injured following military operations by Afghan national security forces in the past 24 hours.

Friday, October 17, 2014

War News for Friday, October 17, 2014

Reported security incidents
#1: At least 11 militants were killed and 10 others wounded by Pakistani security forces today in an operation to clear insurgents from the country's restive Khyber tribal region bordering Afghanistan. The operation is currently focused in Akakhel, Sepah and Malikdinkhel areas of Bara, where hitherto 11 militants have been killed and 10 others injured. Several militant hideouts have been targeted during the operation.

#2: Two Taliban militants, including key commander Qari Zubair, were killed Thursday night in air strikes against insurgents' hideouts in Borka district of the northern Baghlan province, police spokesman Ahmad Jawed Basharat said Friday.

#3: The security forces launched a clearing operation under the code name of Perrozi (Victory), in Tagab district, Kapisa province and cleared several villages from existing of armed insurgents.

Thursday, October 16, 2014

War News for Thursday, October 16, 2014

Son of Jalaluddin Haqqani captured in Afghanistan

Car Bomb Kills 8 Afghans From Unit Linked to C.I.A.

Reported security incidents
#1: Fresh airstrikes by Pakistan Military jets killed at least 21 terrorists in the restive tribal area of Tirah Valley of Khyber Agency,  according to a statement by the Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR). According to details, jets pounded militant hideouts in Akakhel and Sipah area of Tirah Valley on Thursday, killing at least 21 militants.

#2: Unknown miscreants blasted a gas pipeline with explosives suspending supply to plant here on Wednesday. Police said that unknown miscreants had planted explosive material with 8 inch diameter gas pipeline in Dera Bugti area which blasted with a big bang. As a result of blast a portion of gas pipeline was destroyed due to which supply of gas from well No. 17 to plant was suspended.

#3: Two soldiers were today injured when suspected militants triggered an IED blast in north Kashmir's Baramulla district (India) to target an army convoy. The ultras detonated the IED (Improvised Explosive Device) in the Rafiabad area of Baramulla at around 11.45 AM as an army convoy was passing through the area, police said.

#5: Five insurgents were killed in NATO aircraft’s attack in Zormat district, Paktia province last night.

#6: An individual in Afghan army uniform opened fire on coalition security forces early Thursday morning, defense officials said. Gen. Zahir Azimi, spokesman for the Ministry of Defense (MoD), said the incident took place around 6:50 am local time. He did not disclose further information regarding the exact location of the incident, but confirmed that foreign forces did not suffer any casualties.

#7: At least 25 Taliban militants were killed and 10 others were injured following joint military operations by Afghan national security forces in the past.

#8: Drivers and passengers say the Taliban have blown up a big bridge on the Kabul-Kandahar highway. A resident of Qalat city, the capital of Zabul province, Nasim Gul, said he observed the bridge had been comprehensively destroyed. According to reports the bridge on the road had been blown up when a heavy remote controlled bomb targeted a Police patrol near the bridge. The incident took place in Kakarno Chena area of Qalat city.