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

Friday, February 28, 2014

War News for Friday, February 28, 2014

Pakistani party ends blockade of NATO route

Reported security incidents
#1: Five policemen, including a senior officer were killed in different clashes in northern Faryab and Kunduz provinces of Afghanistan, officials said Thursday. Abdul Qadir Qaderi, Pashtunkot district chief of Faryab, said police commander, Dastan, and three of his associates were killed in a rocket attack fired by Taliban. Separately, in northern Kunduz province, unidentified gunmen stormed the house of a police officer killing him and wounding his wife.

#2: Meanwhile, residents in the Hisarak district of eastern Nangarhar province of Afghanistan have launched an uprising against insurgent groups in the area, a public move that made way for a military operation of the Afghan security forces against the militants.

#3: At least three militants were killed and three other injured when exchange of fire took place between militants and security forces in Khyber Agency, Tehsil Bara on Friday Morning. According to the security sources, the forces signalled to stop some motorcyclists in Shalobar area of Bara tehsil however the motorcyclists started firing in a bid to flee the scene. The forces retaliated the fire, killing three militants and injuring three others. Two security personnel also sustained injuries during the encounter

#4: At least three border guards of neighboring Turkmenistan were killed following an attack by Taliban militants, local officials in Badghis province said. The officials further added that the incident took place on Wednesday night in Moqor district of Badghis province.