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

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

War News for Wednesday, February 12, 2014

US mulls another army action in Pakistan

Reported security incidents
#1: Militants killed nine members of an anti-Taliban militia on Wednesday in Pakistan's northwestern city of Peshawar, police said. In Wednesday's attack, a group of about 25 militants attacked the house of militia chief Israrullah Khan on Peshawar outskirts, killing him and eight of his relatives, said police official Jamal Khan.

#2: Officials say attacks in southern Afghanistan have killed the brother of a man running for office in provincial elections and a policeman, the latest in continued violence ahead of the April 5 vote. Omar Zwark, spokesman for the governor of Helmand province, said Wednesday that the body of candidate Sabor Sabari's brother was found the previous night in the provincial capital, Lashkar Gah. He also says a local policeman was killed by Taliban insurgents on Tuesday night in the city.

#3: At least 6 Taliban militants were killed and 14 others were injured following military operation by Afghan national security forces. The interior ministry of Afghanistan following a statement said Wednesday that the operations were conducted in Zabul, Kandahar, Kunduz, Baghlan, Kapisa, Uruzgan, Maidan wardak, Logar, Ghazni, Khost, Paktia, Herat and Farah provinces of Afghanistan.

#4: At least four Afghan national army soldiers were killed following in separate improvised explosive device (IED) attacks across the country, the defense ministry announced Tuesday.

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