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

Tuesday, May 6, 2014

War News for Tuesday, May 06, 2014

The DoD is reporting the death of a soldier supporting OEF. Pfc. Daniela Rojas died from a non-combat related illness in Homburg, Germany on Saturday, May 3rd.

Two Italians arrested Afghanistan

Reported security incidents
#1: At least two policemen were killed and four others injured when their vehicle hit a roadside bomb in Afghanistan's western Herat  Province. Local police chief Shir Agha Alokozay said the incident occurred early on May 6 in Herat's Obe district. 

#2: Four Afghan Border Police men were killed and four injured late Monday in an attack in Ghoryan district of the province, 640 km west of Afghan capital Kabul.

#3: Gunmen attacked three container trucks carrying NATO supplies en route to Afghanistan in Pakistan's troubled northwest on Monday, killing two people, officials said. The trucks came under fire in the Wazir Dhand area of Khyber, one of seven districts that make up Pakistan's semi-autonomous tribal belt, as they were on their way to Afghanistan.

#4: update - Militants attacked a police checkpoint in northern Afghanistan on Monday, killing five policemen and two civilians during a two-hour-long shootout with security forces, officials said. The brazen assault took place in Gorzaiwan district near Maimana - the capital city of Faryab province - early in the morning, Mohammad Nahim deputy provincial police chief told AFP. “Five police and two civilians were killed in the attack,” he said.

#5: At least two people were killed and one was injured Tuesday in a blast in Pakistan's North Waziristan region, a media report said.  An improvised explosive device or a home-made bomb was planted in the Miramshah market which later exploded, Dawn online reported.

#6: The ministry of interior in a statement said at least two children were victimized by landmine planted by the insurgents in southern province of Kandahar on Tuesday. The incident took place in Maruf district of the province, where the mine had been freshly planted in an area in Dangar area of Maruf district, said the statement adding two children were killed when they hit the mine.

DoD: Pfc. Daniela Rojas