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 31, 2014

War News for Saturday, May 31, 2014

Reported security incidents
#1: A roadside bomb killed 14 civilians in eastern Afghanistan on Saturday, officials said. The victims were travelling in the Giro district of Ghazni province after a wedding ceremony when the bomb ripped through their vehicle, district governor Abdullah Khairkhwah told AFP.
#2: Backed by helicopter gunships, Pakistani troops on Saturday killed 14 militants following an attack on army posts near the Afghan border, two army officers and a government official said. The attack began after dozens of insurgents sneaked across the border into Pakistan's northwestern tribal region of Bajur and hit at least two military checkpoints, killing one soldier and wounding two others, local government administrator Shah Naseem said.

#3: Four civilians were killed and ten others were injured after Pakistani gunship helicopters pounded civilian homes in the Dangam district of eastern Kunar province on Saturday, an official said. The attack involving two choppers began around 8am on Saturday and was still ongoing, Governor Shujaul Mulk Jalala said. He said the dead and wounded included women and children.

#4: Up to 23 militants have been killed in Afghanistan within day, said the Afghan Interior Ministry on Saturday morning.

#5: The head of security guards for education minister was killed by militants two days after he was abducted in Maidan Wardak province.

DoD: Pfc. Jacob H. Wykstra