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 13, 2014

War News for Tuesday, May 13, 2014

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Reported security incidents
#1: In one attack, a senior official and two policemen were killed when an improvised explosive device (IED) blew up a police vehicle in Zana Khan district in Ghazni province, Xinhua reported.

#2: In the second attack, eight civilians were injured when two rockets hit the provincial capital Ghazni city.

At least eight civilians were wounded when a Taliban mortar shell struck a bazaar in Ghazni city, the provincial capital of eastern Afghan province of Ghazni on Tuesday, sources said.

#3: Overnight, Taliban gunmen also opened fire on a police check post in the Sangin district of Helmand province, killing three policemen and injuring four, according to Omar Zwak, spokesman for the local government in Helmand. A week ago, the last U.S. Marines unit pulled out of Sangin--a district the U.S. military considers the most violent in the country--leaving Afghan forces to fight on their own.

#4: A local Awami National Party (ANP) leader was killed by unknown persons in Peshawar's Kohati area on Tuesday, DawnNnews reported. According to the police, former Union counsellor Anwarul Haq was present at his shop when unknown persons opened fire on him. He died on the spot.

#5: A navy personnel was today shot dead in Pakistan’s biggest city in an apparent target killing, the fifth such attack on a naval personnel since last year. The deceased, from Punjab province, was working as a cook in the Pakistan Navy, police said.

#6: At least two teachers were killed on Tuesday when unidentified gunmen fired at them near a government high school in Pakistan, media reported. The incident took place in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa's Hangu district, Dawn online reported.

#7: According to local authorities in northern Jawzjan province of Afghanistan, at least three policemen were killed following an improvised explosive device (IED) explosion. Provincial police spokesman, Abdul Manan Raufi confirming the report said the incident took place on Monday evening. Mr. Raufi further added that two policemen were also injured following the explosion.

#8: At least 111 Taliban militants were killed during military operations in various provinces of Afghanistan in the past 24 hours. Azimi further added that four Afghan national army soldiers were also martyred following improvised explosive device (IED) attack.

DoD: Chief Warrant Officer Deric M. Rasmussen