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

Friday, June 6, 2014

War News for Friday, June 06, 2014

Ex-CIA station chief be booked for murder: IHC

Reported security incidents
#1: Six Afghan border guards have been wounded in an attack on the northern village of Marchak, along the border with Turkmenistan. The chief of security in the Afghan district, Daulat Mawin, said the attack started when militants launched an assault on the village, which is located in Afghanistan's Baghdis Province.

#2: Afghan presidential front-runner, Abdullah Abdullah, has survived a bomb attack in Kabul. Speaking on national television, Mr Abdullah said two explosions struck his convoy as it was leaving a campaign event in the city. A police spokesman told the BBC that two civilians had been killed in the attack and 16 injured.

#3: Fresh clashes between banned militant outfit Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) and a breakaway faction killed at least seven militants in the Pakistan’s restive northwest on Friday, officials have said. The fighting erupted in the Wacha Mela area 65 kilometres (40 miles) west of Miranshah, the capital of North Waziristan tribal district.

#4: In another incident of target killing, a policeman lost his life when unknown armed culprits opened fire at Court Road in Hyderabad, Geo News reported on Friday. According to police, two policemen named Riaz Awan and Muhammad Ejaz were on their way to Makki Shah police station when unidentified gunmen opened fire on them at Court Road near SSP office.