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

Thursday, February 27, 2014

War News for Thursday, February 27, 2014

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Reported security incidents
#1: Two Afghan army soldiers were killed in roadside bombings, said the country's Defense Ministry on Thursday. "Two Afghan National Army personnel were martyred in two improvised explosive device (IED) attacks in Panjwai district of Kandahar and Gereshk district of neighboring Helmand province," the ministry said in a statement.

#2: The military gunship helicopters bombarded the militant hideouts in South Waziristan Agency and Dera Ismail Khan on Thursday, killing several terrorists. According to security sources, three gunship helicopters carried out surgical strikes on the militant compounds in mountains bordering South Waziristan and Karachi Tehsil of DI Khan early today.  Source sources said that several people were killed in the airstrike, however, didn’t confirm the exact number of causalities.

#3: According to local authorities in eastern Nangarhar province of Afghanistan, at least 50 militants were killed in a series of operations in this province. Provincial security chief, Fazal Ahmad Sherzad said Wednesday that the militants were killed during the past five days in Hesarak district.