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

Tuesday, June 3, 2014

War News for Tuesday, June 01, 2014

NATO is reporting the death of an ISAF soldier from an insurgent attack in an undisclosed location in eastern Afghanistan on Monday, June 2nd.

Bodies of seven 'Taliban' found in Karachi

US Shuts Afghan Transit Base in Kyrgyzstan

Profiles of senior Taliban leaders freed in swap for US soldier

Statement from Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel on the return of Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl

Reported security incidents
#1: At least seven people were killed and another seven injured after a Parachinar-bound passenger van hit an improvised explosive device (IED) in the Shagni area of Kurram Agency on Tuesday morning.

#2: An Indian aid worker was Monday abducted by unidentified gunmen in Afghanistan’s Herat province, local officials and India’s foreign ministry said.

#3: Unidentified gunmen opened fire on a security patrol in a crowded Islamabad market on Tuesday injuring one police commando, according to officials, in a rare attack in Pakistan's capital.

#4: The Afghan Ministry of Interior Affairs on Tuesday said the country's security forces have killed 34 Taliban militants in a series of military operations since early Monday.

#5: According to local authorities in eastern Kunar province, at least 120 more rockets were fired in eastern Kunar province of Afghanistan in the latest wave of cross-border shelling. The officials further added that the rockets landed in Shegal and Dangam districts on Tuesday morning.