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

Monday, January 6, 2014

War News for Monday, January 06, 2014

Reported security incidents
#1: At least nine people were killed and four others injured when a blast hit a house in Pakistan's northwest tribal area of Khyber Agency on Monday afternoon, local media Dunya reported. The killed include three children, said the report quoting local administration, adding that several women were also injured in the blast. The blast took place in a drawing room of a local resident's house in Tirah Valley, a small town bordering on Afghanistan, said local media.

#2: The first incident took place on Monday, when a suicide bomber blew himself up outside a government school in the Shia-dominated Ibrahimzai area of Hangu district.

#3: Two unidentified people were killed and two others injured when their car came under fire at Tump in Turbat district near Pakistan-Iran border on Sunday. “Four people were going to Turbat from Tump by car. When they reached Gomazai Chowk, two attackers opened fire at the vehicle,” Tump Assistant Commissioner Tump Hasnain said, adding two occupants of the car were killed on the spot and two others injured.

#4: Twenty-seven militants were killed in a series of military operations across Afghanistan since early Sunday, said the country's Interior Ministry on Monday. Afghan National Security Forces (ANSF) carried out several anti-terrorism operations in Nangarhar, Laghman, Kunduz, Kandahar, Zabul, Ghazni, Paktika and Paktiya provinces over the last 24 hours. As a result 27 armed Taliban members were killed, one wounded and three others were arrested by the ANSF," the ministry said in a statement providing daily operational updates.

#5: At least six people including Taliban militants were killed or injured following an ambush by Taliban fighters in northern Jawzjan province of Afghanistan. According to local security officials, the incident took place late Sunday night in Shebarghan city, after a group of Taliban militants attacked a security check post, which was providing security to a gas field project.

#6: A provincial official in Afghanistan say a suicide car bomber has attacked a security checkpoint in the country's east, killing three police officers. Musa Khan Akbarzada, the governor of Ghazni province, says the attack Monday also wounded three officers in the Shilghar district.

DoD: Sgt. First Class William K. Lacey