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 24, 2014

War News for Friday, January 24, 2014

Three suspected militants killed in U.S. drone strike in Yemen

7 soldiers injured in S. Philippine land mine blast

Reported security incidents
#1: Mohammad Ismail Khan, a running mate of warlord Abdul Rasul Sayyaf, survives attempted assassination in Herat City. A suicide bomber has attempted to assassinate a vice presidential candidate in western Afghanistan. Ismail Khan was in a car leaving a mosque after Friday prayers in the heart of Herat City when the bomber, said to be in his seventies, detonated his explosives. Local police and the ministry of interior report no casualties or injuries other than the bomber himself.

#2: "Six people including two children were killed and seven injured when an explosives-laden car, parked at a motor workshop on the outskirts of Peshawar, blew up," senior police official Najeeb Ur Rehman told AFP. "Around 25 to 30 kilogrammes of explosives were used in the blast", he added.

#3: At least three persons including two Frontier Corps (FC) personnel and a local journalist were injured when a roadside remote-controlled bomb exploded in Khyber Agency on Friday. According to the FC sources, militants had planted an improvised explosive device (IED) along the road that exploded near a college in Landi Kotal area, injuring two FC troops and a local journalist.

#4: According to reports, unknown gunmen have assassinated the local correspondent for New York Times Noor Ahmad Noori in southern Helmand province of Afghanistan. The family members of Noori have said that his dead body was found in Lashkargah city after he went missing around 10 am local time.