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

Monday, June 2, 2014

War News for Monday, June 02, 2014

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Reported security incidents
#1: Three engineers from a Turkish company have been killed in a suicide bombing in eastern Afghanistan, according to officials. The spokesman for the governor in Nangharhar province said the attack took place on Monday morning when the Turkish workers were travelling to work in the district of Behsud. Ahmad Zia Abdulzai said the bomber drove a motorcycle and the explosion killed three engineers and wounded a fourth.

#2: Also on June 2, a group of Taliban suicide bombers attacked a government compound in southern Helmand Province, killing two Afghan policemen and a civilian. An Afghan official said that in the Helmand attack, one bomber blew himself up at the gates of the compound while three attackers stormed inside. The attackers were shot and killed by other policemen.

#3: Four persons were killed when unknown culprits opened fire in a house in Buner District of Swat on Monday morning. According to police, the incident occurred in Palwari area of Buner where unknown armed assailants opened fire in a house that killed three women and a man.

#4: Afghan Ministry for Interior on Monday reported killing more than six dozen Taliban militants across the country over the past 24 hours.