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 8, 2014

War News for Saturday, February 08, 2014

Reported security incidents
#1: An election campaign worker was kidnapped and killed by unidentified armed men in Afghanistan's Saripul province Friday, police said Saturday, blaming the Taliban for the murder. "The body of Hajji Yasin, who had campaigned for presidential candidate Abdullah Abdullah, was found from a road Friday night," Xinhua quoted police chief Noor Habib Gulbahari as saying. 

#2: At least two people including a child were killed and nine others including a woman injured when a blast took place in eastern province of Nangarhar, an official said Saturday. The incident took place at about 1pm in 2nd district of the province near the Bibi Hawa Girls School, where chief of the provincial public health dept., Najibullah Kamawal told Wakht News Agency that two people including a child and nine others including a woman were wounded in the blast rocked the nearby buildings.

#3: On Friday night, two policemen were killed while three others injured when a suicide bomber blew up his explosive-laden vehicle during a security check in Khanewal area, a district in the country's eastern Punjab province. Local officials said that policemen stopped a suspected vehicle at a security check post when the bomber blew up himself, killing two policemen right at the spot and injuring three others.

#4: In a separate incident on Friday morning, four policemen including an officer were killed and several others injured during a shootout with robbers in Dera Ghazi Khan, another district in the Punjab province. Officials said that the policemen stopped a suspicious car at a picket when the people sitting inside speeded up the vehicle and fled away. Following the incident, police carried out a search operation in the neighboring area during which an exchange of firing took place and four policemen were killed and several others including cops and passersby got injured.