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

Monday, March 10, 2014

War News for Monday, March 10, 2014

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Reported security incidents
#1: Two policemen were killed and seven civilians wounded in a bomb attack Monday in western Afghanistan's Herat province, police said. The militants detonated an explosives-packed motorcycle in Kushk district around midday, killing two policemen and injuring seven civilians, including a child," provincial police chief Samiullah Qatra told Xinhua.

#2: Three dacoits were killed in an alleged encounter in the Johar Town area of Lahore earlier today. According to the Police, they signaled three suspects riding a motorbike to stop near the Johar Town Commercial Market. The suspects opened fire at the police. The police retaliated and killed all three of them.

#3: Six mortars were fired from Afghanistan hit bordering village of Miran Shah, North Waziristan on Sunday; however, fortunately did not result in any causality. According to sources, the Afghan forces fired six mortars in the suburb areas of Miranshah, one mortar fell in the open air and resulted in a blast while preventing from any causality. Earlier, 25 mortars were fired into Pakistan's tribal area from the Afghan side which resulted in partially damaging the nearby houses.

#4: A bomb blast ripped through a market in Spin Boldak town of the southern Kandahar province, a former stronghold of Taliban, on Sunday killing two persons and wounding another, the police spokesman in the province, Zia Durani, said. "The blast occurred in a scrap market in Spin Boldak town at 01: 10 p.m. local time today, leaving two persons including a father and his son dead and injuring another," Durani told Xinhua.
#5: At least 5 Taliban militants were killed and 6 others were injured following military operations by Afghan national security forces.