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 23, 2014

War News for Monday, June 23, 2014

Abducted Afghan students, lecturers released by Taliban

NL in new Afghanistan military

Republicans Dick Cheney and Rand Paul clash over blame for Iraq crisis

Reported security incidents
#1-2: An Army jawan and a civilian were injured in two separate mine blasts in the border belt of Jammu and Kashmir's Poonch district, officials said today.

#1: During patrolling in the forward area, Mr Mohd Maroof of the 17th Battalion of Jammu and Kashmir Light Infantry (JKLI) stepped on a mine resulting in explosion at Dugwar along the Line of Control in Poonch district yesterday.

#2: In another incident, a civilian, Mr Mohmmad Ayoub, stepped on a mine leading to an explosion while he was grazing cattle in Karmara belt of Poonch district last evening.

#3: Seven Afghan army troops were killed Monday in a roadside bomb attack in the country 's southern province of Zabul, authorities said. "An army vehicle set off a roadside bomb planted by the militants in Shah Hassan Khel area of Shahjoy district Monday morning," the district governor Malik Ali Mohammad told Xinhua.

#4: A commander of Taliban with his brother killed and three other insurgents wounded in air attack of NATO forces in Nangarhar province.

#5: At least nine people were injured following five back-back-back explosions in eastern Paktia province of Afghanistan on Sunday. According to local government officials, the incident took place in Gardez city on late Sunday afternoon.