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, March 6, 2014

War News for Thursday, March 06, 2014

The British MoD is reporting the death of a British ISAF soldier from a non-combat injury at camp bastion, Helmand province, Afghanistan on Wednesday, March 5th. Here’s the ISAF release.

Reported security incidents
#1: A NATO airstrike on Thursday killed at least five Afghan soldiers in one of the most devastating incidents of friendly fire in the war’s 12-year history. The troops were killed at an outpost in volatile Logar Province, about 50 miles outside of Kabul, according to both U.S. and Afghan officials. It remains unclear how the accident occurred, and officials said it was currently under investigation. Aside from the five soldiers killed, another seven were wounded, according to provincial spokesman Mohammad Darwish.

District governor Khalilullah Kamal, who has visited the scene, said the strike was carried out by a US drone, according to BBC.

#2: A clash in Daimardad District, Maidan Wardak Province, killed two militants, including a commander, and injured six others, governor's spokesman Attaullah Khogyani said.

#3: Separately, a clash in Shah Walikot District, Kandahar Province, killed five Taliban militants, the governor's house said in a statement.

#4: Meanwhile, a roadside bomb in Bala Balok District, Farah Province, wounded three policemen

#5: Afghan security forces raided a Taliban hideout in eastern Laghman province, killing five militants on Thursday, a local official said.

#6: Afghan security forces in operations against anti-government militants raided a house in Saripul province, 350 km north of Kabul, early Wednesday, killing two militants and capturing a Taliban judge, Inspector General Police of the province said. "Acting on tip off, units of police raided a house outside provincial capital Saripul city at 03:30 a.m. local time today and captured a Taliban judge named Mullah Zukria,"Noor Habib Gulbahari told Xinhua.