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 10, 2014

War News for Thursday, April 10, 2014

Reported security incidents
#1: The driver of a Nato oil tanker headed to Afghanistan was shot dead by unidentified motorcyclists in Jamrud on Thursday morning. The attack took place as a convoy of seven oil tankers was on its way to Afghanistan, according to security officials.

#2: At least five Taliban militants were killed and eight injured during a clash in Afghanistan, an official said. "The clash erupted in Gereshk district, in Helmand province, late Wednesday night and lasted for a while, during which five armed Taliban rebels were killed and eight others sustained injuries," army spokesman Mohammad Rasoul Zazai told Xinhua.

#3: A bomb blast rocked Afghanistan's southern town of Shahjoi in Helmand province 340 km south of Kabul on Thursday, leaving one civilian dead and two others injured, deputy to provincial police chief Ghulam Jilani Farahi said. "Three innocent children were busy on a ground in Shahjoi district at 11:00 a.m. local time when they found a device and began playing but the device exploded killing one on the spot and injuring two others with one in critical condition," Farahi told Xinhua.

#4: Afghan security forces foiled a deadly suicide attack plot in western Herat province of Afghanistan, the security officials said Thursday.