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 28, 2014

War News for Monday, April 28, 2014

Reported security incidents
#1: At least six people were injured on Monday when unidentified gunmen opened fire at a NATO container on the Pakistan-Afghanistan highway in the Khyber tribal region. The militants opened fire at a NATO container, injuring the driver of the vehicle and five other people following which the Khasadar forces personnel retaliated, Dawn online reported, citing official sources.

#2: An improvised-explosive device detonated along the border between North and South Waziristan on Sunday, killing at least three security personnel, security officials said. Military officials confirmed the incident, adding that the IED had targeted a military vehicle on patrol. “The IED was planted by terrorists on the roadside,” said a military official on condition of anonymity. “At least three security forces personnel, including an officer, were killed in the incident,” he said, adding, “Another three were injured and are currently in critical condition.”

#3: At least two Pakistani security personnel were killed and one injured Monday during an exchange of fire along the Pakistan-Iran border, a media report said. "Exchange of fire took place when security forces tried to stop a convoy of drug smugglers in Balochistan's Mashkel area, which is close to the Iranian border as they were trying to sneak into Iran," Dawn online reported a security official as saying.

#4: Security officials in Pakistan said that two rockets landed near an airport in northwestern city of Peshawar late Sunday.

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