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

Saturday, June 7, 2014

War News for Saturday, June 07, 2014

Afghanistan flash floods kill around 60

122 ‘missing persons’ traced in Balochistan in three years

After 2014‚ no more NATO medevacs for wounded Afghans

Reported security incidents
#1: Two soldiers were killed Saturday in separate bomb blasts in a restive Pakistani tribal region near the Afghan border, the military said, a quoted by AFP. The explosions took place in Bajaur tribal district, one of the seven semi-autonomous tribal regions, where troops have been battling Taliban and Al-Qaeda-linked militants.

#2: At least five national army soldiers were wounded when their ranger-type was struck by car-bomb in southern province of Kandahar, the provincial press office statement said Saturday. A town-ace type vehicle packed with explosives was slammed into an army vehicle in Maiwand district of the province, where at least five soldiers were reportedly injured, said the governor office.

#3: At least four Afghan National Army (ANA) soldiers were martyred following improvised explosive device (IED) attack during the past 24 hours. Gen. Azimi further added that 27 militants were also killed during military operations conducted by Afghan National Army (ANA) soldiers in the past 24 hours.

DoD: Pfc. Matthew H. Walker