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, January 18, 2014

War News for Saturday, January 18, 2014

Limavady man one of 21 killed in Taliban attack in Kabul -- Simon Chase

Second Briton dead in Kabul blast -- Dhamender Singh Phangurha

2 Canadians among 21 killed in Taliban attack in Afghanistan  -- The dead at the La Taverna du Liban restaurant included the head of the International Monetary Fund in Afghanistan, three United Nations staff and a member of the European Police Mission in Afghanistan. -- Zahir and international officials said the dead included two Britons, two Canadians, a Dane, a Russian, two Lebanese, a Somali-American and a Pakistani.

Russian among Kabul attack victims --  V. Sh. Nazarov

Two Americans among 21 killed in Kabul blast

UN and IMF staff killed in Kabul restaurant attack -- Lebanese national Wabel Abdallah

2 American university employees among Kabul dead

Reported security incidents
#1: The Pakistani Taliban claimed responsibility on Saturday for a deadly attack on a private television channel in the southern city of Karachi and threatened further violence against media outlets. A spokesman said in a statement that militants had attacked an Express News van on Friday night, killing three employees, because the station had acted as a "propagandist".

#2: At least one person was killed while four others injured Saturday afternoon as a blast occurred in Tirin Kot, the provincial capital of southern Afghan province of Uruzgan, a security source said. "An improvised explosive device (IED) attached to a motorbike parked near the provincial governor office in Tirin Kot was detonated while a vehicle of National Directorate for Security ( NDS) was passing by the area," the deputy provincial police chief Mohammad Aslam told Xinhua.

#3: At least 13 Taliban militants were killed and 2 others were injured during military operations by Afghan national security forces in various provinces of Afghanistan. The statement further added that the operations were conducted in Laghman, Kapisa, Zabul, Logar, Ghazni and Paktiya provinces of Afghanistan in past 24 hours.

#4: At least nine Taliban militants were killed following a US drone strike in eastern Nuristan province of Afghanistan, local security officials said.