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

Tuesday, January 7, 2014

War News for Tuesday, January 07, 2014

Reported security incidents
#1: A police was killed and three others wounded in a military operation in Herat province yesterday.
An official of Herat security directorate said BNA, a police was martyred and three others wounded in an operation carried out by security forces in Shindand district. According to the source, during the operation also ten Taliban including a commander of them was killed

#2: Sixteen militants were killed while 15 others wounded in military operations across Afghanistan within the last 24 hours, the Afghan Interior Ministry said Tuesday morning. "Afghan National Police (ANP), army and the National Directorate for Security (NDS) carried out cleanup operations in Nangarhar, Uruzgan, Logar, Ghazni, Paktiya, Herat and Nimroz provinces, killing 16 armed Taliban members, wounding 15 militants and arresting 13 others over the past 24 hours,"the ministry said in a statement.

#3: At least three civilians were killed following a roadside improvised explosive device (IED) explosion in south-eastern Ghazni province of Afghanistan.