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

Thursday, September 26, 2013

War News for Thursday, September 26, 2013

An International Security Assistance Force service member died when an individual wearing an Afghan National Security Force uniform shot at ISAF service members in eastern Afghanistan today.

Spanish forces leave Afghanistan after eight-year military mission

Reported security incidents
#1: Chairman National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) Saeed Aleem and Major General Samrez Salak escaped assassination as terrorists group attempted to destroyed their helicopter in remote area of quake-hit Balochistan, officials said on Thursday. The incident occurred near Mashkai, town of quake-hit Awaran district of Balochistan when militants fire two rockets on chairman NDMA who was flying with senior army official to witness damages in the area. 

#2: Sixteen Taliban militants were killed in a series of joint operations carried out by the Afghan forces and the NATO-led coalition troops since early Wednesday, said the country's Interior Ministry on Thursday morning. Up to 14 militants were wounded and four arrested during the raids launched in Herat, Kunar, Nangarhar, Kunduz, Wardak and provinces, it noted.

#3: According to local authorities in northern Kunduz province of Afghanistan, Taliban militants have kidnapped at leat four Afghan national army (ANA) soldiers were kidnapped in this province. The officials further added that the incident took place in Khanabad district late Wednesday.