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 24, 2014

War News for Saturday, May 24, 2014

NATO is reporting the death of an ISAF contracted-civilian from a non-combat related injusy in an undisclosed location in eastern Afghanistan on Friday, May 23rd.

31 Killed in Multiple Attacks by Al-Qaida Gunmen in Yemen

Most US drone strikes in Pakistan attack houses

10-hour Taliban assault on consulate in Afghanistan

Reported security incidents
#1: Six soldiers were killed today when an improvised explosive devise (IED) planted by militants
targeted a security forces convoy in northwest Pakistan. The explosive device was planted on a roadside in the troubled Mohmand tribal agency where security forces are battling Taliban militants.

#2: Earlier, an explosion occurred at 2 a.m. (local time) in an upmarket shopping area close to the city center in Islamabad. Police officer Chaudhry Hafiz Hussain said one watchman died after being taken to a hospital. The second blast was described by authorities as a "low intensity" explosion inside a car in a different part of the capital.

#3: A total of three dozen Taliban militants have been killed across the militancy-plagued Afghanistan over the past 24 hours, Ministry of Interior said in a statement released here on Saturday.

#4: Five Taliban militants were killed and another injured as their explosive device went off prematurely in the eastern Kunar province on Saturday.

#5: Nine Taliban militants were killed and 15 others including three security personnel sustained injuries as clash flared up in Dasht-e-Arch district of Kunduz province 250 km north of Kabul on Saturday, a local official said.

#6: At least one civilian was killed and five others were injured following an improvised explosive device (IED) explosion in southern Helmand province of Afghanistan. A spokesman for the provincial police department, Abdul Ahad Chopan, said the incident took place early Saturday morning in Marjah district.