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

Tuesday, February 25, 2014

War News for Tuesday, February 25, 2014

NATO is reporting the death of an ISAF civilian from a non-combat related incident in an undisclosed location in southern Afghanistan on Tuesday, February 24th.

Bhatkal claimed nuclear bomb available in Pakistan: NIA

Reported security incidents
#1: Pakistani fighter jets and gunship helicopters bombarded hideouts of Taliban militants in the troubled North and South Waziristan Agencies on Tuesday killing at least thirty militants, Geo News reported.

#2: Three students were killed on Tuesday by a bomb hidden in a motorcycle in front of their school in southern Afghanistan, an official said. “The incident took place in Marjah district, three other students were wounded,” said Omar Zwak, spokesman for the governor of Helmand province. He said all the victims were young men 20 to 21 years old.

#3: At least two paramilitary soldiers were killed in a suicide attack close to the Iranian consulate in Pakistan's Peshawar city Monday, media reports said. A suicide bomber detonated his explosives-laden vest near the Frontier Corps (FC) check post close to Iranian Consulate which left nine others inured, reports said.

#4: At least 8 insurgents were killed and heavy poppy and ammunitions seized in southern province of Kandahar, governor office said in a statement Tuesday. According to the statement, a 24-hour operation was launched in restive Saydan village of Panjwaye district, where eight insurgents were killed and a quantity of opium and ammunitions seized.