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

Monday, February 3, 2014

War News for Monday, February 03, 2014

Reported security incidents
#1: Pakistani police say a bomb attack in a cinema in the northwestern city of Peshawar has killed five people. Police official Zahid Khan says the explosion on Sunday night also wounded 30 people.

#2: A roadside mine went off injuring a 12-year-old child in southern province of Kandahar’s Mianshin district, an official said Monday. The child was busy to collect dried bushes for fire in a village of the district, said the governor spokesman, Jawid Faisal in a statement.

#3: At least two people were killed when an explosive went off in the capital (Kabul), the security forces aid Monday.

#4: Two men more allegedly insurgents were killed on Sunday when their Improvised Explosive Devices (IED)s went off prior to be succeeded of their aims to plant them in their scheduled site where a security forces convoy was expected to patrol. The incident took place in Arghastan district of the province, with two rebels planning to plant mines to target the Afghan security forces, but they were killed as a result and no troops were harmed, the ministry of interior said.

#5: Units of police backed by the army have killed three Taliban militants and captured 17 others during series of operations across the country over the past 24 hours, Interior Ministry said in a press release issued here on Monday.