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 10, 2014

War News for Saturday, May 10, 2014

Reported security incidents
#1: Six persons were injured when a blast occurred near Kohati Gate in Peshawar on Saturday, a private news channel reported on Saturday.  Initial reports suggested that a hand grenade was hurled that caused the blast and injured six persons. A house was also damaged due to the impact.

#2: Two guerrillas were killed and an armyman was injured on Saturday in Poonch district of Jammu and Kashmir when the army foiled an infiltration bid on the Line of Control.

#3: As many as eleven armed militants were killed and nine others wounded during a spate of operation in some provinces of the country, the ministry of defense said in a statement Saturday. According to the statement, in Maiwand district of the province (Kandahar), nine insurgents were killed and four others wounded, while in Marja district, two rebels lost life in counterinsurgents’ operation.

#4: Seven Taliban militants including a key commander Mullah Abdul Qadir were killed in the southern Zabul province on Saturday, Interior Ministry said in a statement released here. "Acting upon intelligence report, the units of police raided Taliban hideout in Dalai village of Shamalzai district early Saturday morning killing seven rebels including a key commander Mullah Abdul Qadir," the statement said.

#5: Afghan security forces have killed 63 Taliban militants and injured 41 others in Ghazni province since Friday night and the operation is still continuing, an army spokesman Nazifullah Sultani said Saturday.

#6: Six Taliban militants lost their lives and six others sustained injuries as their explosive device went off prematurely in the northern Kunduz province on Friday, Interior Ministry said in a statement released here on Saturday. "A dozen Taliban militants were busy in making roadside bomb in a house in Chardara district of Kunduz province on Friday evening but the device exploded accidently killing six rebels on the spot and wounding six others," the statement added.

#7: At least three civilians were killed following an improvised explosive device (IED) attack in eastern Logar province of Afghanistan. The incident took place early Saturday in Pul-e-Alam city of Logar province after a civilian vehicle struck with an improvised explosive device (IED).

#8: At least three Afghan national army soldiers were killed in separate improvised explosive device (IED) attacks on Saturday. Gen. Zahir Azimi, spokesman for the ministry of defense of Afghanistan said at least two Afghan national army soldiers were martyred in two separate IED attacks in western Ghor province of Afghanistan.