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

Saturday, February 1, 2014

War News for Saturday, February 01, 2014

Reported security incidents
#1: Afghan officials say a roadside bomb hit a police vehicle in southern Afghanistan, killing four policemen. Zia Durrani, police spokesman for Kandahar Province, said Saturday that one policeman was also was wounded in the attack. The attack — which took place on Friday night — occurred in the Spin Boldak district of Kandahar Province, near the border with Pakistan.

#2: At least four suspected militants were killed and 50 others rounded up in a targeted raid in Pakistan's Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province. The operation carried out by police and security personnel is still in progress, Dawn online reported Saturday. Police officer Haji Khan said the raid was launched after security personnel received a tip off that militants had occupied a primary school in Swabi district.

#3: At least one child was killed when an Improvised Explosives Devices (IED) targeted a house in Chuhl Mitra area of the provincial capital, Jalalabad city, an official said Saturday.

#4: At least two militants were blown up by own explosives in southern Uruzgan province of Afghanistan.