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

Saturday, April 5, 2014

War News for Saturday, April 05, 2014

Reported security incidents
#1: Four voters were wounded in an explosion at a polling station in the southeastern province of Logar. "The blast took place close to a polling station which is a school building and wounded four voters, one critically," Abdul Hameed, governor of the province's Mohammad Agha district, told Reuters.

#2: Three Pakistani Rangers were killed and 36 others were injured, 13 critically, Saturday when their speeding truck overturned in Pakistan’s Punjab province.

#3: At least six mortar shells were fired from the Afghanistan side of the Pak-Afghan border on Saturday that landed in Pakistan’s bordering areas in North and South Waziristan Agency (NWA), but no loss of life reported. Sources said that four mortar shells fired from Afghanistan landed at Bangidar in Tehsil Ghulam Khan of North Waziristan, while two mortar shells were also fired into South Waziristan from Afghanistan. Fortunately, no loss of life reported in both the incidents.

#4: At least 24 Taliban militants were killed and 4 others were injured during military operations by Afghan national security forces in the past 24 hours.

#5: A suicide bomber was arrested by Afghan police forces before he manage to enter a polling station in northern Faryab province of Afghanistan.

#6: Heavy clashes were reported among the Pakistani and Afghan Taliban militants in eastern Paktika province of Afghanistan on Friday. Afghan intelligence – National Directorate of Security (NDS) officials said the incident took place around 12:40 pm local time in Wana district.