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

Wednesday, April 30, 2014

War News for Wednesday, April 30, 2014

US came to Afghanistan with TV & cash - they won’t let us go’

Karzai: US and British forces run illegal prisons in Afghanistan

Reported security incidents
Afghan troops backed by Western air power killed at least 60 militants near the Pakistan border, Afghanistan’s intelligence agency said on Wednesday, in one of the biggest single assaults against the Taliban-linked Haqqani network. About 300 Haqqani insurgents and foreign fighters came under intensive fire on Monday when they tried to storm Afghan bases in Ziruk district of Paktika province, the National Directorate of Security (NDS) said in a statement. Monday’s battle occurred in the southeast province of Paktika.

#2: At least five militants were killed when their vehicle hit a roadside bomb apparently planted by a rival group in Pakistan's troubled northwest, the Taliban and officials said Wednesday.

#3: Four troops including two local policemen were injured when a group of armed rebels attacked an outpost in eastern province of Nangarhar late on yesterday, an official said Wednesday. The incident happened in Farmasi area of Batti Kot district, where Chief Haji Ghaleb in a briefing with Wakht News Agency confirmed that two national and two local policemen were wounded.