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

Thursday, January 16, 2014

War News for Thursday, January 16, 2014

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Reported security incidents
#1: Eight Afghan civilians were killed following a US force's airstrike in eastern Afghanistan province of Parwan on Tuesday night, said a statement issued by the country 's Presidential Palace late on Wednesday. "Afghan President Hamid Karzai condemned in strongest terms a bombardment carried out by the US forces in Siya Gard District of Parwan Province which led to the death of one woman and seven children," the statement said.

#2: Four militants were killed and six others wounded in an army operation in the western Afghan province of Herat, said an army source on Thursday. "On a precision tip-off, the Afghan National Army (ANA) commandos late on Wednesday carried out a raid on a compound in Shindand district. The gunfight led to the killing of four militants, and injuring of six other armed insurgents,"army spokesman Naseto Nasiri told Xinhua.

#3: In a separate incident in northwest Shangla district of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province, two policemen were injured in a bomb attack. Police said that some unknown militants detonated a remote controlled explosive device near a checkpost, injuring two policemen who were admitted to a nearby hospital where both of them were reportedly in critical condition.

#4: An Afghan National Police (ANP) vehicle was damaged following a magnetic bomb explosion in capital Kabul on Thursday. Hashmatullah, spokesman for the security commandment of capital Kabul said the blast took place near Pul-e-Khishti mosque in the first district of Kabul city. Mr. Stanekzai further added that no casualties were reported following the blast, and only the police vehicle was damaged.