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

Friday, April 11, 2014

War News for Friday, April 11, 2014

40 killed during 1-month clashes of TTP rival groups

Reported security incidents
#1-2: At least 13 militants were killed in a bombing and a gunfight in North Waziristan on Friday, the latest clashes in almost a week of infighting between rival Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) factions.

#1: Ten insurgents were killed in clashes that began when members of the Sajna group came under rocket attack in their car in the town of Shawal, a local intelligence official told AFP.

#2: Separately, Sher Amanullah, a commander of the Haqqani militant network, was killed along with two others when a roadside bomb hit their vehicle near the town of Datta Khel, intelligence and militant sources said.

#3: An improvised explosive device planted on roadside at Datakhel in North Waziristan Agency went off on Friday morning, killing at least one person and injuring four others. the bomb blast targeting a vehicle with remote-control device in Tehsil Datakhel of North Waziristan Agency this morning.

#4: At least 16 people were injured as a blast hit a motorbike shop in Pakistan's eastern city of Lahore early Friday morning, reported local Urdu TV channel Samaa.

#5: A suicide bomber was killed after attacking the coalition security forces in southern Kandahar province of Afghanistan. The incident took place on Thursday afternoon in Spin Boldak district, the local government media office said following a statement.