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 21, 2014

War News for Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Reported security incidents
#1: Pakistani jets and helicopter gunships bombarded suspected Taliban hideouts in a northwestern tribal district Tuesday, killing at least 25 people, in response to two major bombings targeting the military. The focus of Tuesday's operation was North Waziristan tribal district, a stronghold for Taliban and Al-Qaeda linked militants on the border with Afghanistan.

#2: Separately fighters pounded suspected Taliban hideouts in Tirah valley, part of Khyber, another of the seven tribal districts, killing four militants.

#3: Unknown gunmen on Tuesday seized more than 60 Afghan workers clearing Soviet-era anti-tank mines in western Herat province, the largest mass kidnapping undertaken in an economically important area now beset by security problems.

#4: Three members of polio vaccination teams were shot dead Tuesday in the southern city of Karachi, in the latest attack by Islamic militants on health workers trying to inoculate children against the crippling disease. At least two other health workers were injured when gunmen on motorbikes opened fire in the city's southern Qayuumabad residential area--close to the city center.

#4: Units of Afghan police backed by the army have killed more than a dozen Taliban militants during series of operations across the country over the past 24 hours, Interior Ministry said in a statement released here on Tuesday.

#5: A roadside bomb struck civilian car in Taliban former stronghold the southern Kandahar Province on Tuesday, killing three civilians and injuring another, spokesman for Kandahar's provincial government Jawed Faisal said.

#6: A senior Taliban was among three militants who were killed following clashes in eastern Ghazni province of Afghanistan, local officials said. The militants were killed in restive Andar district of Ghazni province following clashes with the Afghan security forces, Andar district chief Qasim Desiwal said.

#7: According to local authorities in eastern Kunar province of Afghanistan, at least 21 mortar shells landed in two separate districts in the latest wave of cross-border shelling from Pakistani soil. Provincial security chief, Abdul Habib Syed Kheli confirming the report, said the artillery shells landed in Dangam and Kunar Khas districts on Monday night.