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 21, 2014

War News for Saturday, June 21, 2014

NATO is reporting the deaths of three ISAF soldiers from an IED blast in an undisclosed location in southern Afghanistan on Friday, June 20th. A military dog also was killed in the blast. News reports that the three killed are U.S. Marines.

Marine from NH Killed by Roadside Bomb in Afghanistan -- Lance Cpl. Brandon Garabrant

Afghan protesters allege fraud after landslide decision in presidential election

More than 400 US military drones lost in crashes

Bomb blast at Islamabad shrine injures 40

Sunni militants seize Iraq crossing on Syria border, kill 30 Iraqi troops

Dick Cheney's amazing chutzpah on Iraq

Iraq Insurgents Reaping Wealth as They Advance

Reported security incidents
#1: A suicide car bombing in Kabul aimed at a senior government official killed one civilian and wounded three others on Saturday but did not harm its apparent target, Afghan security officials said. Kabul police spokesman Hashmat Stanikzai said a suicide bomber detonated his explosives-laden vehicle alongside the armoured car of Mohammed Masoom Stanikzai, a senior official in the High Peace Council, a government body tasked with peace talks with the Taliban insurgency. The two men are not related. 
#2: Helicopter gunships pounded militant targets in Pakistan's northwest on Saturday, killing up to 30 rebels, as the number of civilians fleeing an expected ground offensive passed 200,000. 
#3: An Afghan provincial governor on Friday escaped an ambush attack in northern Balkh province in which two of his bodyguards were killed, the authorities said. "Gunmen wearing police uniform fired on General Juma Khan Hamdard's motorcade, leaving two bodyguards killed and three guards wounded on outskirts of provincial capital Mazar-i-Sharif city late Friday morning," a security source told Xinhua.
#4: At least 19 Taliban militants were killed following military operations by Afghan national security forces in the past 24 hours.
#5: At least two people were killed and three others were injured following clashes between Paktia governor guards and policemen in Kabul-Mazar highway on Friday.