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 27, 2014

War News for Monday, January 27, 2014

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Reported security incidents
#1: A pipeline, carrying natural gas, was blown up in Balochistan's Dera Bugti district, south west of Pakistan, disrupting the gas-supply to the Sui plant from well number 15 in Pir Koh gas field.

#2: At least two militants were killed in a blitz carried out by Pakistan’s military in Mirali area of North Waziristan tribal region on Monday. Military gunship helicopters shelled suspected militant hideouts in several areas of Mirali in North Waziristan region, killing two militants and wounding several others.

#3: Six children from the same family were killed and one injured Sunday while playing with a hand grenade in northwest Pakistan, officials said.

#4: A policeman more allegedly affiliated with insurgents shot dead five of his colleagues and managed to escape the post in western province of Herat, security officials said Monday. The five were killed by their colleagues in Kashk-e-Kuhna district late on last day.

#5: Few mints ago a blast hit Jalalabad capital of Nangrhar province. According to reports the blast occurred close to the medicine faculty of Nangarhar University. Gulestan Ghalib BNA reporter reported, the area was blocked by security forces and it was not allowed to reporters to enter the area. So far there is no any exact figure about the number of casualties of the incident.

#6: About six Afghan civilians were killed and 13 others wounded Sunday when a bus carrying civilians set off a roadside bomb in the country' s southern province of Helmand, a provincial government spokesman said Monday.

#7: An Afghan national army (ANA) soldier was killed following an improvised explosive device (IED) explosion in southern Afghanistan Afghanistan.

#8: In the meantime, Gen. Zahir Azimi said several anti-government armed militants were killed during a special military operation by Afghan army soldiers in Syedabad district of Maidan Wardak province.

#9: At least two Afghan police officers were killed following an explosion in eastern Khost province of Afghanistan on Sunday.