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

Friday, May 2, 2014

War News for Friday, May 02, 2014

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Reported security incidents
#1: At least six policemen were killed and several civilians wounded in suicide bombing in Afghanistan, authorities said. The bombing took place Thursday evening in the eastern Afghan province of Panjshir, Xinhua quoted the country's interior ministry as saying. The ministry statement said a suicide bomber detonated his explosives-laden sedan at a security checkpoint leaving six police officers dead and injuring several civilians. Unofficial sources said that 12 people were killed and more than 20 others were wounded in the attack in the province, 200 km north of Afghanistan's capital Kabul.

#2: In one attack, three Afghan police and two militants were killed in a Taliban attack on police checkpoints in Dasht-e-Archi district of northern Kunduz province early Thursday, the district governor Hamid Agha told Xinhua.

#3: Four policemen were killed when the Taliban launched an attack on security checkpoints in Ali Sheer district of eastern Khost province overnight. Three militants had been killed and one captured during the clash, the provincial government said in a statement.

#4: Gunmen shot dead a pro-government tribal elder and two others in a drive-by shooting in a restive Pakistani tribal region near the Afghan border, officials said. The Chashma Pul area, five kilometres (miles) south of Miranshah, the main town in North Waziristan, is known as a stronghold of Taliban and Al-Qaeda linked militants. "Malik Qadir Khan was travelling to his village when four gunmen riding a car opened fire on his vehicle killing him and two others," a local administration official told on condition of anonymity.
#5: One and half dozen civilians were wounded as a bomb blast rocked Laghman's provincial capital Mehterlam city, 90 km east of Kabul on Friday, spokesman of provincial government Zarhadi Zawak said. "A total of 18 innocent civilians were injured as a sticky bomb targeted a police van in Mehterlam city blasted at 09:15 a.m. local time today," Zawak told Xinhua.