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 28, 2014

War News for Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Obama charts end to Afghan war by 2016

Obama to leave 9,800 U.S. troops in Afghanistan

Powerful faction splits from Pakistani Taliban

Reported security incidents
#1: Two Americans were injured Wednesday in Afghanistan when a U.S. Consulate vehicle was attacked while traveling through the western city of Herat, the U.S. Embassy in Kabul said.

The vehicle was on its way to the airport in Herat on Wednesday when an unidentified gunman on a motorbike shot at it with a rocket-propelled grenade, Basher Ahmad, chief of police for the Enjeel district, said.

#2: Unknown men blew up an eight-inch diameter gas pipeline in Pirkoh area of Dera Bugti district (Balochistan) on Tuesday. Gas supply was suspended from well number 21 after the blast. Further investigation was underway.

#3: For the second time in three months Turkmen troops along the Afghan border have suffered losses, according to Radio Liberty. Thus, three Turkmen soldiers were killed on May 24 by a small armed group that crossed the border from Ghormach district of Afghanistan's Faryab province.

#4: At least two Afghan national army (ANA) soldiers were martyred following improvised explosive device (IED) attack.

#5: Over 300 rockets landed in parts of eastern Kunar province during the past two days, local officials said. Provincial security chief, Gen. Abdul Habib Syed Khel said the rockets have landed in Shegal and Dangam districts. Gen. Syed Khel further added that the cross-border shelling left one civilian dead and 14 others injured, while 20 families were forced to leave their homes in Shegal district.

#6: At least nine Taliban militants were killed following counter-terrorism operations in various provinces of Afghanistan in the past 24 hours.