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 25, 2014

War News for Friday, April 25, 2014

Officials: Dozens killed in Afghan flooding

Afghanistan floods claim at least 102 lives, dozens more missing

Reported security incidents
#1: Gunmen shot dead four policemen Thursday in Balochistan province, which has been hit by an insurgency for almost a decade, officials said. The shooting took place when police on routine patrol were passing from the town of Chattar in Naseerabad district.

#2: Pakistani warplanes attacked insurgent hideouts in the tribal region near the Afghan border, killing 37 suspected militants and wounding 18, army officials said yesterday, as authorities hold peace negotiations with the Taliban. The airstrikes pounded two suspected hideouts in a remote area of the Tirah Valley in the Khyber tribal region, three military officials said.

#3: The Department of Defence says the C-130 transport plane left the runway while landing at the Kabul International Airport late yesterday. The plane, which has since been towed away for examination, overshot the runway by about 70 metres. It is not known how many people were on board but the department says no-one was injured.

#4: A powerful blast rocked Zabul's provincial capital Qalat in south Afghanistan on Thursday afternoon, killing a child and wounding eight others including a soldier and seven non-combatants, provincial police chief Ghulam Sakhi Rogh Liwanai said. "The explosive device was planted on a motorbike and went off next to a military vehicle, killed a child, wounding an Afghan soldier and seven passersby,"Liwanai told Xinhua.

News: Dr. Jerry Umanos