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 29, 2014

War News for Tuesday, April 29, 2014

NATO is reporting the deaths of two ISAF soldiers from insurgent attacks in  undisclosed locations in eastern Afghanistan on Monday, April 28th.

Reported security incidents
#1: At least 49 Taliban insurgents and five soldiers were killed following a massive attack by the militants in eastern Afghan province of Paktiya, a defence ministry official of the country said on Tuesday. "More than 500 insurgents attacked army after an operation was launched in Paktiya province. 49 militants and five soldiers have been killed," Xinhua quoted Mohammad Zahir Azimi, a defense ministry spokesman, as saying in his twitter account. Six army soldiers were also wounded during the exchange of fire between the insurgents and army in the province, 100 km south of the country's capital Kabul, Azimi said.

#2: At least three police personnel were killed and one policeman injured Tuesday when Taliban militants attacked a security checkpoint in Afghanistan. "The militants raided an Afghan Local Police(ALP)checkpoint in Alingar district in eastern Afghan province of Laghman early Tuesday, leaving three ALP personnel dead and injuring one policeman," Xinhua quoted the provincial government as saying in a statement.

#3: Three militants were killed on Monday during a gun battle between the security forces and militants in the Landi Kotal tehsil of the Khyber tribal region. According to military officials, these militants also included a commander who was allegedly involved in the attack on Landi kotal Fort which had destroyed a large ammunition depot a few days back. Two Frontier Corps (FC) personnel have also been injured in the gun battle with the militants.

#4: In an unrelated incident on Monday, two employees of a local aid agency were shot dead in Kohistan district of northern Faryab province, 425 km north of Kabul, district governor Imam Yar Taqwa told Xinhua earlier on Tuesday.