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

Saturday, May 3, 2014

War News for Saturday, May 03, 2014

More than 2,100 confirmed dead in Afghanistan landslide

Reported security incidents
#1: One Frontier Corps (FC) man was killed and another was injured in a bomb explosion in Balochistan province’s Bolan district on Saturday, a security official said. Khan Wasey, a spokesman for the FC, told Dawn that a security forces’ vehicle was on routine patrolling when it was attacked in Bolan’s Dhadar area in the morning.

#2: a bomb went off in Mehterlam, the capital city of eastern Laghman province, on Friday, injuring 18 civilians, an official said. "A total of 18 innocent civilians were injured as a sticky bomb blasted a police van in Mehterlam city at 09:15 a.m. local time today," spokesman for the provincial administration Sarhadi Zawak told Xinhua.

#3: At least 20 Taliban militants were killed in separate military operations conducted by Afghan national security forces in the past 24 hours.

#4: An explosion was heard in capital Kabul on Friday afternoon leaving one person dead. Deputy interior minister Gen. Ayub Salangi confirmed the incident and said at least one person was killed and another one was injured following the explosion. This comes as earlier reports suggest at least two policemen were injured following the explosion which took place as a result of a magnetic bomb in Arzan Qeemat area.