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 13, 2014

War News for Thursday, March 13, 2014

Reported security incidents
#1: A would-be-suicide bomber was shot dead close to the Indian consulate building in Afghanistan's Kandahar city Thursday, the police said. "A man wearing an explosives-laden jacket tried to approach the consulate gateway. The Afghan National Police identified the terrorist and fired at him after he ignored the police warning," Kandahar's provincial police spokesman Zia Durrani told Xinhua.

#2: The Afghan National Security Forces have conducted a series of operations across the country in which 26 Taliban militants have been killed, 17 wounded and 11 arrested, Afghanistan's Ministry of Interior Affairs has said.

#3: At least six militants were killed and eleven other wounded during a clash erupted between the forces loyal to the Afghan government and the armed rebels in eastern Nangarhar province, an official said Wednesday. Police chief, Fazl Ahmad Shirzad told Wakht News Agency that the forces stepped up to a counterattack from the Taliban who used heavy and small arms to target their outposts in the restive border Chaparhar district.

#4: A source from the provincial election commission (IEC) said Thursday that five of the commission members along with two vehicles were held by the insurgents in eastern Nangarhar province, an official said.