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

Saturday, October 26, 2013

War News for Saturday, October 26, 2013

Report: 14 Iranian border guards killed in clashes

Reported security incidents
#1: A gunfight broke out between Afghan and foreign soldiers on the outskirts of the capital Kabul on Saturday, killing at least one Afghan serviceman and injuring a number of other soldiers, according to Afghan and NATO officials. "There was an argument between an Afghan and foreign soldier inside a military base... where they opened fire on each other. An investigation is ongoing," defence ministry spokesman Dawlat Waziri said.

A New Zealand soldier has suffered a foot wound after an attack in Afghanistan. The Defence Force said the soldier was attacked by a member of the Afghan National Security Forces as he and Australian soldiers left a meeting at an Afghan National Army facility in Kabul at 5.40pm today New Zealand time.

#2: A car bomb hit a paramilitary van escorting a bus of Shiite Muslim pilgrims in southwest Pakistan on Saturday, killing two soldiers, officials said. The incident took place in Dringhar area, on the main Quetta-Taftan Highway in Mastung district, some 50 kilometres (30 miles) southwest of Quetta, the capital of insurgency-hit Baluchistan province

#3: Thirty-six Taliban militants were killed in collaborated operations in different Afghan provinces since early Friday, said the country's Interior Ministry Saturday. "Afghan police, army, National Directorate for Security (NDS) and the NATO-led ISAF coalition forces conducted several joint clearance operations in Nangarhar, Parwan, Zabul, Uruzgan, Wardak and Ghazni provinces over the past 24 hours. As a result 36 armed Taliban were killed, five wounded and three others were arrested," the ministry said in a statement providing daily operational updates.

#4: Three Afghan policemen were wounded Saturday morning in a bomb explosion in the country's western province of Farah, according to a source.

#5: Explosion and gun battle has been reported in eastern Ghaznni province of Afghanistan. The blast has reportedly taken place near the provincial government compound.