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

Wednesday, March 5, 2014

War News for Wednesday, March 05, 2014

Reported security incidents
#1: A roadside bomb on Wednesday killed six soldiers in Pakistan's troubled northwest, officials said, the latest violence to hit the country since a ceasefire between the government and Taliban insurgents began. The remote-controlled device hit a convoy of the paramilitary Frontier Corps as it was moving from the town of Hangu to Kurram district, one of seven tribal areas along the Afghan border where militants have strongholds. A security official in Peshawar, the main city in the northwest, told AFP the blast killed six soldiers and wounded eight.

#2: About seven policemen were killed following a Taliban armed attack on a security checkpoint in northern Afghanistan's province of Faryab overnight, sources said on Wednesday. "Militants numbered 10 or 12 launched an attack on Afghan Local Police (ALP) checkpoint in Unbiggi area of Qaisar province at midnight, leaving seven ALP cops killed," the district governor Abdul Jamil Seddiqi told Xinhua.

#3: Two civilians were killed and 10 others sustained injuries in two blasts in Faryab province with Maimana as its capital on Tuesday evening, provincial police chief Toryali Abdyani said Wednesday. "A mine planted by anti-government militants went off in Badghisi village of Khaja Sabzposh district Tuesday evening, and when people gathered to know what happened there, the second blast occurred killing two civilian villagers and wounding 10 others," Abdyani told Xinhua.

#4: A roadside bomb struck police vehicle in Uruzgan province with Trinkot as its capital 370 km south of Kabul on Wednesday killing two police and wounding another, a local official said. "A mine planted by Taliban rebels in Sarakala area outside provincial capital Trinkot hit a police vehicle at 10:10 a.m. local time today leaving two police dead and injured another," the official told Xinhua but declined to be identified, saying authorized officials would brief the media after investigation.