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 27, 2014

War News for Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Reported security incidents
#1: Unidentified gunmen shot dead the director of Shaheed Mohammad Hashim Khan Dar-ul-Hifaz, a Quran memorization centre in Afghanistan's eastern Nangarhar province, an official said today. He was 70 years old. Mohammad Asif Shinwari, a spokesman for the Department of Education (MoE), condemned the assassination of Maulvi Daud Shah and demanded the immediate arrest of the killers. Gunmen took Shah out of school and sprayed him with bullets, Shinwari said. The incident took place in Ahmadkhel area of Khogyani district on Monday night.

#2: A Taliban suicide bomber on a motorbike killed at least two Afghan soldiers Monday in an attack on a military bus in Kabul as the country prepares to hold second-round presidential elections. "As a result, two soldiers were killed and nine others were wounded." The bus, which was badly damaged with its windows blown out, was hit in the southeast of the city while travelling on a dirt road near a cemetery.

#3: A total of 44 Taliban militants have been killed in Afghan security forces' cleanup operations since early Monday, the Interior Ministry said Tuesday.

#4: According to local authorities in southern Helmand province of Afghanistan, at least eleven Taliban militants were killed following a NATO airstrike.


Cervantes said...

The plan is now to keep 9,800 troops in Afghanistan next year, after the "withdrawal." Although "combat" operations will be officially over, they will in fact continue to hunt for al Qaeda operatives, however defined. (The original al Qaeda doesn't really exist any more, it's a brand name that they failed to copyright, basically.)