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

Monday, April 7, 2014

War News for Monday, April 07, 2014

NATO is reporting the death of an ISAF civilian from a non-combat related injury in an undisclosed location in southern Afghanistan on Monday, April 3rd.

Drone attacks may continue after US pullout

690 attacks recorded during elections day in Afghanistan

Afghan election officials receive 1269 complaints of potential fraud

Reported security incidents
#1: Five militants associated with banned Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) were killed in an ambush in restive South Waziristan region bordering Afghanistan, SAMAA reported. Security officials said the incident took place in South Waziristan’s Shaktoi area where a vehicle carrying the TTP militants was fired upon by unknown armed assailants. Five militants of TTP’s Hakimullah Mehsud group were killed and another injured as the attackers managed to flee, officials said, claiming that the attack seemed to result of enmity between two rival militant groups.

#2: The Afghan Interior Ministry said on Monday that 29 Taliban insurgents were killed, 12 wounded while 13 other militants were detained in cleanup operations since early Sunday.

#3: Four Afghan police were killed while three policemen were wounded Monday when their van was struck by a bomb in the country's western province of Herat, a police source said. "A police van set off an improvised explosive device (IED) in Shindand district at midday. As a result of the blast, four Afghan National Police members were martyred and three others wounded," a police spokesman in the province Abdul Rauf Ahmadi told Xinhua.

#4: A group of unknown gunmen attempted to abduct an Afghan journalist – Tamim Hamid in capital Kabul late Sunday. The incident took place late Sunday evening in Baraki area of Kabul city, Tamim Hamid said in a twitter message. He said a group of four gunmen armed with silencer guns forced him inside a car and were looking to take him to an unknown location, however he managed to escape from the car.