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

Monday, May 19, 2014

War News for Monday, May 19, 2014

Reported security incidents
#1: At least 19 militants and four soldiers have been killed in Afghanistan since Saturday, the government and security sources said Sunday. According to the defence ministry, the four soldiers were killed in a bomb attack.

#2: Earlier Sunday, nine Taliban militants were killed when their IED went off prematurely in Ghazni, a security source said.

#3: An army trooper was killed while three others injured in an gunfight with militants in Jammu and Kashmir's Budgam district. The gun-fight started after government forces laid a cordon around a residential house where three militants are believed to be holed up in Chodur’s Kaisermulah. Sources said wanted Lashkar-e-Toiba commander Qasim was among the militants who have escaped.

#4: Local authorities in eastern Kunar province of Afghanistan, the Pakistani military fired at least 18 rockets in the latest wave of cross-border shelling. Provincial security chief, Abdul Habib Syed Khel said the rockets were fired on Sunday night in Sarkano district.


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