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

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

War News for Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Afghan Army Killings Threaten U.S. Aid

As The U.S. Draws Down, Afghan Fighting Is Heating Up

Talks on Afghan unity government collapse

Reported security incidents
#1: A suicide car bombing killed three policemen in the eastern Nangarhar province, said Ahmad Zia Abdulzai, the spokesman for the provincial governor. The bomber detonated his explosives-laden vehicle among a group of Afghan security forces in Ghani Khil district on Tuesday morning, killing the three policemen. The explosion also wounded two people, a civilian and a local policeman, the spokesman added.

#2: In the western Herat province, the Taliban killed four Afghan soldiers on Monday night in the Chishti Sharif district, a military spokesman said. The spokesman, Najibullha Najibi, says the Taliban attacked an army post, setting off clashes that also left 10 Taliban fighters dead..

#3: Two people, including a personal of Khasadar Force and a civilian, were killed and three other Khasadars sustained injuries when unknown militants attacked a Khasadar party at the main Jamrud Bazaar, official sources informed on Monday. The official of local political administration confirmed the incident and said that Khasadars were on their routine duty when unknown armed persons attacked them and as a result two persons, including a personal of Khasadar Force and a civilian, were killed and three other Khasadar personnel received bullet injuries. The militants successfully managed escape after committing the crime. 

#4: A bomb blast occurred in Haji Ayoob region of Mazar-e-Sharif at 4:00 pm today.
It is said that a bomb was placed in a bicycle. Still not clear who is the target of the bomb. Several security sources of Mazar-e-Sharif said BNA that two people were killed and another wounded in the blast.

#5: Eight armed insurgents including two commanders of them were killed in drone attack of foreign troops in Kunar province. The attack took place in Peshigul village, Asadabad capital of that province.

#6: At least four Afghan National Army (ANA) soldiers were martyred following roadside bomb explosion in the past 24 hours.

#7: Afghan national security forces repelled another large scale Taliban attack in southern Helmand province of Afghanistan. The provincial government media office said Tuesday, the massive offensive by Taliban militant was launched on Sunday in Mosa Qala district.

#8: At least 25 Taliban militants were killed and five others were injured following clearing operations conducted by Afghan national security forces.

Monday, September 1, 2014

War News for Monday, September 1, 2014

Reported security incidents
#1: Eight armed insurgents including two commanders of them were killed in drone attack of foreign troops in Kunar province. The attack took place in Peshigul village, Asadabad capital of that province. General Abdul Habib Syeedkhail police chief of Kunar said BNA, Qari Malang and Mawlawi Hakim two Taliban commanders with their six men lost their lives in the attack.

#2: Four armed Taliban were killed in explosion of their own mine in Jouzjan province yesterday.

#3: At least 3 policemen were killed following an insider attack in central Uruzgan province of Afghanistan late Sunday. Provincial governor spokesman, Dost Mohammad Nayab, has said the incident took place on Sunday night in Shahid Asas district. Nayab further added that the attack was carried out by four policemen who opened fire on their three comrades in a check post in Kekhi area.

Sunday, August 31, 2014

News of the Day for Sunday, August 31, 2014

Explosion in Pul-e-Alam, Logar, kills 3 police and 2 civilians. The explosion is said to have targeted "a compound of the local militia" and caused an unknown number of non-fatal casualties. [I assume this means the local self-defense force the U.S. organized in many places on the model of the Iraqi Shawa councils.]

Two Afghan soldiers killed by roadside bomb, but the defense ministry gives no details, including the location. MoD also says six "terrorists" were killed in 3 different locations in the past 24 hours. Whether this means Taliban or some other group is unknown. Khaama says in this story that 4 Afghan troops are killed per day, on average. Most of these (obviously, if you read this blog) are not specifically publicly reported.

Three people are arrested in connection with the rape of four women in Kabul. The police chief, in discussing the case, says crime has increased dramatically in the capital, which he attributes to the dire economic circumstances. [That could contribute to some forms of crime, but rape is not an economic crime.]

Yes, the Afghan economy is collapsing as international aid and spending by ISAF declines. Afghanistan has essentially depended economically on the occupation.

Afghan Minister of Defense may attend the NATO summit in Wales if (as seems likely) the country does not have a president by September 4.

Back in Iraq, the two-month seige of the town of Amerli is broken as Iraqi troops and Shiite militias enter the town after U.S. air strikes against IS forces. The population consists mostly of Shiite Turkmen.

Saturday, August 30, 2014

War News for Saturday, August 30, 2014

Reported security incidents
#1: A suicide car bomber followed by Taliban gunmen attacked the office of an Afghan intelligence agency in Jalalabad on Saturday, killing six and wounding dozens. Heavy fighting soon broke out after the attack on the Jalalabad headquarters. Hours after the bombing of the National Directorate of Security headquarters, Afghan and Taliban forces were still fighting, Ahmad Zeya Abdulzai, spokesman for the eastern Nangarhar province governor said.

#2: Unknown armed men opened fire at an oil tanker and killed its driver in the southwestern province's Naseerabad district, police said. Muhammad Ayub, a police official told Dawn via telephone that two armed motorcyclists opened fire at an oil tanker and killed its driver. The cleaner of the tanker was also injured in the attack.

#3: A fierce gunbattle is taking place between army and militants in Kupwara region of Kashmir. One jawan has been reportedly killed and another got injured in the showdown that is taking place at Karlahoos forest. - See more at:

#4: Unknown armed men gunned down 11 civilians and wounded four others in the western Farah province with Farah city as its capital 695 km west of Kabul on Saturday, spokesman for provincial government Jawad Afghan said. "Fifteen civilians were going to Iran when a group of unidentified armed men stopped them in Abu Nasar Farahi area in Farah province this morning and after questioning brutally opened fire killing 11 of them on the spot and wounding four others," Jawad Afghan told Xinhua.

#5: Five Afghan police were kidnapped Friday after their checkpoint came under attack by Taliban militants in western Herat province, police said. Militants numbered 10 to 15 raided a security checkpoint in a surrounding area of Obe district at around midday. The kidnapping took place after a gunfight.

Friday, August 29, 2014

War News for Friday, August 29, 2014

Quetta, three journalists murdered as attacks on Pakistani press mount

Leader of Iran’s Baluchi rebels killed in Pakistan

Reported security incidents
#1: Gunmen have opened fire on worshippers at a shrine in southwest Pakistan, killing at least six members of a minority Islamic sect and wounding seven others, officials have said. The attack came at a shrine of the Zikri community in Awaran district, about 650km southwest of Quetta, the capital of restive Baluchistan province.

#2: Unknown gunmen shot dead the provincial high peace council committee chief in capital Kabul late Thursday. According to Nuristani high peace council committee members, Haji Abdul Halim was assassinated by gunmen riding motorcycle.

Thursday, August 28, 2014

War News for Thursday, August 28, 2014

Pakistan’s polio woes continue — funds likely to run out soon!

New Taliban group vows attacks in Pakistan

US moves prisoners from Afghanistan to Yemen

Afghanistan vote audit to conclude on 10th of September, says Kubis

Largest NATO base to be transferred to Afghan forces in Helmand

Reported security incidents
#1: Suspected militants on Thursday opened fire on three tankers in Balochistan's Mastung district, police said. Amir Hamza, a police official told Dawn that four gunmen on two motorcycles opened fire at the tankers carrying fuel for Nato troops deployed in Afghanistan near Mastung bazaar. He said one tanker caught fire, whereas drivers of the other two tankers sped away.

#2: Two security personnel were injured on Thursday in a bomb blast near the Pak Afghan border in Mohmand Agency. According to official sources, the security forces' vehicle was targeted with a remote-controlled Improvised Explosive Device (IED) near the Elbow Kandaow area of Mohmand Agency.

#3: Units of Afghan security forces have killed 21 Taliban militants in Chardara and Khanabad district in the northern Kunduz province, 250 km north of Kabul, over the past two days, provincial police chief Mustafa Mohseni said Thursday.

#4: Thirty-five armed Taliban including eight Pakistani insurgents were killed in a military operation in Urozgan province. The operation continued since three days in Shaheed Hasas district, eight other insurgents were also wounded.

#5: Armed Taliban shot dead head of Ulema council of Nangarhar province.

#6: The ANA forces conducted separate operations in vicinities of Maidan-Wardak, Helmand, Kandahar and  Paktia provinces, killed 11 insurgents. Likewise, three ANA forces were martyred in explosion of a roadside mine and two others killed in a clash by insurgents in the operations.  

#7: Six armed Taliban militants were killed in recent clashes in Ghazni province last night. The clashes occurred in suburb of Ghazni city, two other insurgents were also wounded.

#8: At least three Afghan National Army (ANA) soldiers were martyred following improvised explosive device (IED) explosion.

#9: Unknown gunmen assassinated the municipal court chief for western Farah province of Afghanistan on Wednesday.

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

War News for Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Afghan war-boom economy goes bust as foreign troop pullout nears, election dispute rages

Afghan election audit disrupted

Reported security incidents
#1: Afghan security forces are battling the Taliban for control of the northern province of Kunduz, where insurgents are threatening to overrun the capital and terrorising residents who have fled to nearby districts.

#2: At last 5 Afghan National Army (ANA) soldiers were martyred following roadside bomb explosion, defense officials said Wednesday. Defense Ministry spokesman, Gen. Zahir Azimi, said the Afghan soliers were martyed following improvised explosive device (IED) attack in the past 24 hours.

#3: At least 25 Taliban militants were killed and 6 others were injured during military operations by Afghan national security forces in the past 24 hours.