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 17, 2014

War News for Saturday, May 17, 2014

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Reported security incidents
#1: At least seven people were wounded in a blast in Bannu, officials said on Friday, including two policemen. The officers were among seven hurt in a motorcycle bomb attack targeting a police van in the northwestern town of Bannu, which has a history of violence, much of it targeting security forces.

#2: a commander of Oppositions network with his five of men killed in an operation conducted by Afghan security forces in Nangarhar province last evening. The commander along with his men wanted to enter Goshta district, Nangarhar province for carrying out of terrorist attacks, targeted by police forces and killed.

#2: In one attack, one civilian was killed while 12 civilians were wounded when a bomb attached to a motorcycle went off in Khowja Bahawoddin district of northern Takhar province around midday on Saturday, a provincial police spokesman Khalil Aseer told Xinhua.

#3: Earlier on Saturday morning, five militants were killed when a bomb they were planting along a road was detonated prematurely in the country's eastern province of Ghazni.

#4: Elsewhere, four Afghan army soldiers were killed in a roadside bombing over the past 24 hours, the defense ministry said in a statement without providing details.

#5: Afghan security forces killed 38 militants in military operations in separate provinces within the last 24 hours, the Interior Ministry said on Saturday.

#6: A Tajik diplomat was injured following an attack by unknown gunmen in northern Kunduz province of Afghanistan on Friday, local officials said. The officials further added that the incident took place after a group of armed militants ambushed the vehicle of the diplomat while he was on his way to Kunduz province from northeastern Badakhshan province.

#7: Coordinated blasts were reported in western Herat province of Afghanistan on Friday night. A local security official said at least one policeman was killed and four others were injured following the twin blasts. The official further added that the incident took place around 8:00 pm local time after an explosive planted in a motorcycle went off near a mosque in Islam Qala. He said the Afghan police forces were inspecting the blast when the second explosion took place that left one policeman martyred