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

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

War News for Tuesday, April 01, 2014

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Reported security incidents
#1: A total of 29 insurgents were killed as Afghan security forces launched a series of military operations within the last 24 hours, said the Afghan Interior Ministry on Tuesday morning.

#2: At least three people were killed and six others injured when some unknown armed men opened fire at a passenger train in Pakistan's southwest Bolan District on Monday afternoon, local media reported. Express TV said that the armed men opened fire at Akbar Bugti Express as soon as it came out of a tunnel in Mach area of Bolan, a district in the country's southwest Balochistan Province.

#3: At least 16 senior Taliban commanders were killed following a suicide attack in eastern Ghazni province of Afghanistan on Tuesday. Afghan Intelligence – National Directorate of Security (NDS) said the incident took place in a Taliban leaders gathering in Gelan district. National Directorate of Security (NDS) following a statement said the Taliban leaders were planning coordinated attacks in Ghazni province when a Taliban suicide bomber opposed with the Taliban leaders plans and detonated his explosives.

#4: At least six Taliban commanders were killed following a suicide blast in eastern Logar province of Afghanistan on Tuesday.  According to NDS officials, the incident took place around 12:30 pm local time in Charkh district. The officials further added that the Taliban commanders were looking to prepare a suicide bomber for an attack when the suicide bombing vest went off.

#5: At least nine Taliban militants were killed or injured during military operations by Afghan national police (ANP) forces in northern Faryab province.