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 25, 2014

War News for Saturday, January 25, 2014

Thousands near restive Afghan border flee after Pakistani airstrikes against Taliban militants

Taliban rule north of Kabul despite military efforts

Reported security incidents
#1: At least seven Afghan policemen killed and wounded five others following the Taliban attack on a police security check in northern Faryab province of Afghanistan. Police spokesman in Faryab, Massoud Yaqoubi said to FINNBAY, “The incident took place in Qaisar district on Friday night after a group of Taliban militants attacked to police security check.”

At least ten Afghan policemen were killed or injured following militants attack on a police check post in northern Faryab province of Afghanistan.

#2: A 16-year-old man has been killed while participating in an anti-polio campaign in Afghanistan. He was shot dead in the country's southern Helmand province.

#3: Afghan police backed by the army have killed four Taliban fighters during series of operations across the country over the past 24 hours, Interior Ministry said in a statement released here on Saturday. In addition to killing four militants, units of police in conjunction with the army have also injured three more rebels and captured five others, the statement added. There were no casualties on the security personnel, according to the statement.

#4: The Afghan intelligence operatives foiled a coordinated suicide attack on a NATO base in eastern Logar province of Afghanistan.