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 29, 2014

War News for Thursday, May 29, 2014

NATO is reporting the death of an ISAF soldier from a helicopter crash in an undisclosed location in southern Afghanistan on Wednesday, May 29th. News reports that the helicopter hit a communications tower in the Maroof district of Kandahar province late Wednesday night killing one soldier and wounding thirteen others.

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Reported security incidents
#1: In northern Jawzjan province, a roadside bomb hit the car of the intelligence chief of Aqcha district on Thursday morning, police officer Faqir Mohammad Jawzjani said. The explosion killed the district chief, Manzurullha, and his bodyguard, and wounded three other officials who were travelling with them, Jawzjani said. Like most Afghans, Manzurullha used only one name.

#2: Also on Thursday, two roadside bombings minutes apart killed an Afghan policeman and wounded four others in the city of Kandahar, said police officer Shamsullha, who also uses one name. The first explosion struck a police car as it drove down a street, killing one officer and wounding two. Then, as other policemen who were nearby rushed to the site of the blast, a second explosion went off, wounding two more policemen, said Shamsullha. 

#3: At least three soldiers have been killed and another two wounded in a roadside bomb blast in northwest Pakistan, officials say. The incident took place on Thursday morning near Miranshah, the capital of North Waziristan, one of the most violent tribal districts that houses Pakistani Taliban and the Haqqani network. "A patrolling team was inspecting the Bannu-Miransah road to build a military checkpoint when they stepped on an improvised explosive device (IED)," a senior security official based in Peshawar told AFP.

#4-7: About 13 people, including 10 militants, were killed in separate security incidents elsewhere in Afghanistan on Thursday, authorities said.

#4: Separately, logistic police Chief Abdul Matin was injured along a police officer when a sticky bomb attached to police jeep went off in Maehtarlam, the capital city of eastern Laghman province before noon.

#5: In northern Kunduz province, an Afghan Local Police (ALP) was killed and three ALP cops were wounded when Taliban launched an ambush attack in Ali Abad district at around midday.

#6: In the neighboring Dashti Archi district, one Taliban fighter was killed with six other militants injured in an exchange of fire with security forces earlier on Thursday.

#7: In southern Helmand province, a known Taliban stronghold, nine Taliban insurgents were killed when the roadside bombs they were planting exploded in three separate incidents Thursday morning, according to an army spokesman Lieutenant Colonel Mohammad Rassoul Zazai.