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 9, 2014

War News for Monday, June 09, 2014

Pakistan airport cleared of militants after attack kills 24

Taliban Claim Responsibility for Pakistan Airport Attack

Reported security incidents
#1: Three suicide bombers attacked a parking lot at a police base in eastern Afghanistan, killing a guard and setting 25 trucks ablaze, an Afghan provincial official said on Monday. The attack on the police base in eastern Behsud district took place late on Sunday, said Ahmad Zia Abdulzai, the spokesperson for the provincial governor of Nangarhar province. A suicide car bomber first blew himself up by detonating his vehicle at the entrance to the parking lot. Two other attackers then stormed in, shooting at the security forces. The police killed both attackers but at least 25 fuel tankers and logistic trucks caught on fire and were burned during the fighting, Abdulzai said.

#2: At least 24 pilgrims were killed Sunday night after a group of attackers targeted their buses in Pakistan's southwestern province of Balochistan, the media reported.

#3: A paramilitary convoy was targeted in an explosion in Awaran on Monday, according to reports. At least two people were reported to have been killed while three others were injured. According to reports, a Frontier Corps convoy was targeted with a remote-controlled explosive device in Awaran, 350 kilometres away from Quetta.

#4: About nine Afghan civilians were wounded Monday in roadside bombing in western province of Farah, said the provincial government in a statement. The blast occurred at early morning when a minibus set off an improvised explosive device (IED) in Khaki Safed district in northern of provincial capital Farah city, 695 km west of national capital of Kabul.

#5: Three Afghan soldiers and 13 militants were killed in separate explosions in Afghanistan on Sunday, sources said.