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

Wednesday, May 14, 2014

War News for Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Pakistan Taliban leaders intervene in rival infighting

Two Indian journalists asked to leave Pakistan

Reported security incidents
#1: Three militants were reportedly killed in a missile attack carried out today (Wednesday) in an area of Afghanistan bordering Pakistan. Security sources said the strike took place in Nazian district where a pilotless drone fired multiple missiles on a compound, killing three militants, including a key commander
#2: Pakistani troops on Wednesday foiled an attack on a NATO supply terminal in the northwest, killing one attacker and forcing others to flee, officials said. The attack was mounted in the Jamrud area of the Khyber tribal district that borders Afghanistan, said government official Ali Sher.
#3: A bomb stuck onto an Afghan army vehicle in Kabul killed a soldier on Wednesday. The Kabul explosion, caused by a magnetic bomb attached to the army vehicle, also wounded a woman and a child, according to the city's police chief Gen. Mohammad Zahir Zahir. The blast took place in the eastern part of the Afghan capital in the early morning hours.
#4: In eastern Ghazni province, a rocket fired into a residential neighborhood of the provincial capital killed one woman and wounded a child on Wednesday, deputy provincial governor Mohammad Ali Ahmadi said. No one immediately claimed responsibility for that attack.
#5: Elsewhere, four army soldiers had been killed in improvised explosive device (IED) attacks in different provinces within the past 24 hours, the ministry said in a statement.
#6: At least five militants died during a shootout between rival factions in a tribal region near the Afghan border Tuesday, militant and intelligence sources said. Supporters of Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan commander Khan Said Sajna and followers of the late TTP leader Hakimullah Mehsud clashed in the Shawal area of North Waziristan district, a security official told AFP.
#7: A senior intelligence official has been shot dead by unidentified armed men in western Herat province, an official said Wednesday. A local security official speaking on the condition of anonymity said the incident took place late Tuesday in Herat city. According to a source on condition of anonymity, the intelligence official was a provincial National Directorate for Security (NDS)’s Counterterrorism Department member.
#8: Two police personnel including a senior official were injured as blast hit Kunduz city the capital of Kunduz province 250 km north of Kabul on Wednesday, deputy to provincial police chief said. "A mine planted on a road by militants struck a police van in Kunduz city at 10:30 a.m. local time today wounding two people including a senior police officer Gul Mohammad Jarguzar," Abadullah Talwar told Xinhua. However, witnesses at the site said four persons were injured in the blast.
#9: At least 24 people were wounded Tuesday evening in an explosion in Qalat city, the provincial capital of southern Afghan province of Zabul, sources said. "An Improvised Explosive Device (IED) attached to a rickshaw was detonated when a police vehicle was passing by an area at around 6:30 p.m. local time in Qalat city. Eight policemen and 16 civilians were wounded by the blast," a security source told Xinhua anonymously.