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

Thursday, April 3, 2014

War News for Thursday, April 03, 2014

Pakistan frees 16 Taliban prisoners in bid to revive peace talks

War and Unrest Provide for a Scarred Campaign Trail in Afghanistan

Reported security incidents
#1: A suicide bombing killed six policemen at the Afghan Interior Ministry compound in one of the capital's most heavily fortified areas Wednesday, part of a recent escalation in violence in the heart of Kabul. The bomber, wearing a military uniform, passed through several checkpoints to reach the ministry gate before detonating his explosives in the midst of other uniformed men entering the compound, according to the Interior Ministry, which oversees the Afghan police. Police officer Baryalai, who like many Afghans uses only one name, said the bombing took place near a bank close to the entrance gate. Police officers collect their paychecks at the bank.

#2: Pakistan's former military ruler Pervez Musharraf, who is on trial for treason, narrowly escaped an assassination attempt as a bomb went off along a route on which his convoy was due to pass early on Thursday, police said. The bomb was planted along a road Musharraf was due to take from a Rawalpindi army hospital, where he has been staying since January, to his home on the outskirts of Islamabad and went off at around 2am (9pm GMT Wednesday).

#3: At least two people were killed on Wednesday in a powerful bomb blast near the Pakistan-Afghanistan border crossing at Chaman. The explosion occurred near Wesh area on the Afghan side of the border, injuring over a dozen other people.

#4: Up to 28 Taliban militants were killed while 25 others wounded as Afghan security forces launched military operations since early Wednesday, said the country's Interior Ministry on Thursday.

#5: At least two Afghan national army (ANA) soldiers were killed following improvised explosive device (IED) explosion. Defense ministry spokesman, Gen. Zahir Azimi said the two Afghan national army (ANA) soldiers were martyred in the past 24 hours.

DoD: Capt. James E. Chaffin III