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

Thursday, May 8, 2014

War News for Thursday, May 08, 2014

Four Slovenian soldiers remain in Afghanistan: report

Reported security incident:
#1: A roadside bomb killed at least eight soldiers and wounded several others in a restive Pakistani tribal area bordering Afghanistan on Thursday, the military said. The bomb exploded as a military convoy passed in the village of Ghulamkhan in troubled North Waziristan.

#2: Five militants were killed and three injured as clashes between two factions of the proscribed Tehreek-i-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) continued in North Waziristan Agency on Wednesday, sources said. The fighting erupted between the groups led by Sheher Yar and Khan Said alias Sajna in Shawal, a mountainous area near Afghan border, on Tuesday.

#3: One soldier was killed while three other soldiers were wounded earlier on Wednesday in a bomb attack in southern Afghan province of Kandahar, according a source. "An army Jeep was struck by a roadside bomb in Zharay district at around 6:30 a.m. local time, leaving one army soldier killed and three others wounded," a security official in the district told Xinhua.

#4: Four mine planters of Taliban killed during planting of mines in Ghazni province last night. Nazifullah Sultani spokesman of 203 army corps of that province said BNA, the mine planters wanted to plant a mine in Asfandi region, Ghazni province the mine exploded and killed them.

At least 29 Taliban militants were killed following military operations conducted by Afghan national army (ANA) soldiers in eastern Ghazni province. A spokesman for the Afghan National Army Thunder Corps, Nazifullah Sultani said the militants were killed during the operations in the past 24 hours.

#5: At least seven anti-government armed militants were killed following a drone strike in eastern Nangarhar province of Afghanistan. Local governmetn officials in Nangarhar province said the militants were killed on Wednesday morning in Chaparhar district.