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

Friday, January 17, 2014

War News for Friday, January 17, 2014

The military is reporting the death of an ISAF soldier from a non-combat related injury in an undisclosed location in southern Afghanistan on Thursday, January 16th.

1 killed in Black Hawk 'hard landing' at Hunter Army Airfield

Reported security incidents
#1: At least three passengers were killed and 17 others sustained serious injuries after a bomb planted on the track went off when Khushhal Khan Khattak Express was near Kotla Hassan Shah Friday morning.

#2: At least eight people were killed and wounded 55 others following a deadly blast in Pakistan Peshawar city on Thursday evening. Local police security said that the blast took place in an Islamic preaching centre seminary, killed eight people and wounded nearly 55 others.

#3: A bomb detonated by armed militants rocked Murawar district of the eastern Kunar province 185km east of Kabul on Friday, killing one person and injuring two others, provincial police chief Habibullah Sayedkhili said. "The armed Taliban hurled a hand grenade to target local police vehicle in a bazaar in Murawar town today but the attack claimed the life of a civilian and injured two others including a woman and a child," Sayedkhili told Xinhua.

#4: Four militants were killed and six others wounded in an army operation in the western Afghan province of Herat, said an army source on Thursday.

DoD: Sgt. Daniel T. Lee

DoD: Chief Warrant Officer Andrew L. McAdams

DoD: Sgt. Drew M. Scobie