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 27, 2014

War News for Thursday, March 27, 2014

Reported security incidents
#1: Defense ministry spokesman, Gen. Zahir Azimi said Thursday that two Afghan national army soldiers were martyred following improvised explosive devive (IED) explosion. Gen. Azimi further added that another Afghan national army (ANA) soldier was martyred in militants’ direct fire. He did not disclose further information regarding the exact locations of the incident.

#2: Unidentified miscreants fired shots at polio vaccination team today, killing two people including a policeman who was providing security to a team of anti-polio health in Ratodero, sub-division of Larkana District in the Sindh province, officials said. Police officials said the attack took place when gunmen fired at anti-polio-vaccination team at Ratodero, stronghold of Pakistan Peoples Party.

#3: Seven militants were killed in Afghanistan within the last 24 hours, the authorities said Thursday.

#4: A group of militants ambushed a vehicle convoy of an Afghan lawmaker in western Herat province of Afghanistan, local officials said. The incident took place on Tuesday afternoon in Robat Sangi district of western Herat province after a group of militants attacked the vehicles convoy of Abdul Hadi Jamshidi. A local security official speaking on the condition of anonymity said at least two security guards of the lawmaker were killed following the incident.

#5: At least four people were killed or injured following an explosion in south-eastern Ghazni province of Afghanistan on Thursday morning. According to local government officials, the incident took place near the provincial attorney general office around 8 am local time.