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 10, 2014

War News for Tuesday, June 10, 2014

NATO is reporting the deaths of five ISAF soldiers from unreported reasons in an undisclosed location in southern Afghanistan on Monday, June 9th. A second NATO release reports the deaths occurred during an insurgent attack and “the possibility that fratricide may have been involved.” Various news reports that coalition aircraft attacked the soldiers location and “friendly fire” may have been the cause of death. One ANA soldier was also killed in the incident.

Reported security incidents
#1: Gunmen in Pakistan attacked a training facility near the Karachi airport on Tuesday, forcing a temporary suspension of flights and triggering a brief shootout with security forces, just days after the brazen Taliban assault on the city's busy airport shocked the country.

#2: At least 15 terrorists were killed in air strikes by Pakistan Military at suspected militants’ hideouts in Tirah Valley early of Tuesday, military sources have said. Military jets targeted nine hideouts in Tirah near Pak-Afghan border, in which at least 15 terrorists were killed, confirmed Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR).

#3: At least four people, including three soldiers, were killed and a dozen others got wounded in a suicide attack on an army check post in Pakistan’s northwest tribal area of North Waziristan Monday, officials said.

#4: Both mine planters attempting to target a security forces convoy victimized of their own made explosives blast in western province of Herat, the ministry of interior said Monday. The mine makers were planning to hide the roadside ordnances in Rubat-e-Sangi district of the province, leaving own live claimed when the devices went off prematurely, said the ministry in a statement referring its website.

#5: Gunmen abducted about 35 Afghan university teachers on Tuesday after setting in fire a bus carrying them in eastern Ghazni province, a provincial official said.

#6: At least ten Taliban militants were killed following a NATO airstrike in eastern Kunar province of Afghanistan.


Cervantes said...

Meanwhile, back in Iraq, ISIS takes Mosul, adding it to its current territory in Fallujah and elsewhere in Anbar. As I have always said, Iraq will come apart at the seams.