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 20, 2014

War News for Friday, June 20, 2014

Pak woman lawmaker succumbs to bullet injuries

Iraqi forces rally near Baghdad to repel ISIL militants’ advance

300 U.S. advisers heading for Iraq, but what will they actually do?

Islamist militants bear down on Iraqi forces; seize chemical weapons facility

Reported security incidents
#1: An Afghan official says a mortar shell fired by the Taliban struck a home in a volatile eastern province, killing one child and wounding five. Ahmad Zia Abdulzai, the spokesman for the governor in Nangarhar province said the attack took place on Friday in Momand Dara district.

#2: Pakistani helicopter gunships pounded militant targets in the country’s northwest on Friday, killing up to 20 rebels, as the number of civilians fleeing an expected ground offensive passed 150,000. A senior security official told reporters helicopter gunships targeted militant hideouts in an early morning raid in Kutabkhel area of Miranshah, the main town of North Waziristan, killing up to 20 militants.

#3: Two policemen were killed, and two others injured on Friday as a result of an improvised explosive device (IED) blast on a police van in Peshwar. The attack took place in Akazai area of Torghar district.

#4: At least three people were killed and six others injured on Thursday evening in a suicide attack at a house in Pakistan's northwestern metropolitan of Peshawar, local media reported. All the deceased and wounded people were reportedly guests who came to meet the "Peace Committee" chief.