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

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

War News for Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Reported security incidents
#1: A gunman shot dead a Swedish journalist outside a restaurant in a brazen attack in one Kabul's most heavily guarded districts on Tuesday, police and embassy sources said, underscoring growing insecurity threatening next month's elections. The Swedish Embassy identified the victim as Nils Horner, 51, who worked for Swedish Radio and had dual British-Swedish nationality.

#2: Three Taliban militants were killed while five others arrested in military operations, said the Afghan Interior Ministry on Tuesday. "Afghan National Security Forces (ANSF) carried out several cleanup operations in several provinces within the past 24 hours, killing three Taliban members and detaining five other militants," the ministry said in a statement providing daily operational updates.

#3: Two policemen guarding a polio vaccination team in northwest Pakistan were were shot dead by armed men on Tuesday, police said, the latest setback to efforts to eradicate the crippling disease. Tuesday’s attack took place in the village of Gandi Umar Khan, about 20 kilometers (12 miles) west of the nearest city of Dera Ismail Khan, on the second day of an innoculation drive, senior police official Sadiq Baluch told AFP.

#4: A local leader of Ahl-e-Sunnat Wal-Jamaat, (ASWJ) was killed around midnight in a drive-by shooting near Zia Masjid located in an area between Rawalpindi and Islamabad. According to details, the unidentified miscreants sprayed bullets on the car of ASWJ Rawalpindi President Mufti Tanvir Alam; however, he was not on board his car. Instead, another ASWJ local leader Sohail Muawiya lost his life on the spot during the armed assault. According to Shehzad Town police, the gun attack also wounded two other people riding the car—Amanullah and Nasir. A stray bullet killed a passer-by, too.