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 17, 2014

War News for Monday, March 17, 2014

NATO is reporting the death of an ISAF contracted civilian from a non-combat injury in an undisclosed location in southern Afghanistan on Sunday, March 16th.

Reported security incidents
#1: Gunmen killed a judge and his bodyguard in an attack Monday in Afghanistan's western Herat province, on the border with Iran, police said. Abdul Latif, a district judge in the province of Herat, and his bodyguard were in a car when they were shot and killed, provincial police spokesman Abdul Raouf Ahmadi said.

#2: Unknown militants fired rockets at a Nato container in the Khyber tribal region’s Shagai area today, destroying it. No casualties were reported in the incident.

#3: Meanwhile, a van of a cement factory in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa’s Nowshera district was blown up in a remote control bomb attack and a police mobile passing nearby was also damaged.

#4: At least 14 Taliban militants were killed or injured following military operations by Afghan national security forces. The operations were conducted in Kandahar, Zabul, Uruzgan, Ghazni, Paktika and Paktiya provinces of Afghanistan in the past 24 hours