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

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

War News for Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Reported security incidents
#1-2: A bomb hidden in a push cart and detonated by remote control near a government building in northern Afghanistan killed four people on Wednesday while a rocket attack near the Kabul airport wounded four, officials said.

#1: The explosion, which struck early in the morning near the governor's building in Dawlat Abad district, also wounded 13 civilians, said Sayed Massoud Yaqoubi, the police spokesman in Faryab province.

#2: Meanwhile, Kabul police chief spokesman, Hashmat Stanikzai, said four people were wounded when two rockets struck near Kabul's international airport overnight.

#3: Separately, an Interior Ministry statement said three insurgents were killed late Tuesday night as they inadvertently detonated a roadside bomb they were trying to plant in the Domanda district in eastern Khost province.

#4: At least 100 Taliban militants have been killed in fighting around four military checkpoints in southern Afghanistan, local officials say, according to BBC News. Five days of clashes in Sangin district in Helmand province left 35 civilians and at least 21 Afghan troops dead. Tribal elders in the area say over 2,000 families have been displaced. There is no independent confirmation of the number of dead. The militants said on Tuesday, June 24 that only two of their fighters had been killed and that more than 40 soldiers had died.

At least four insurgents lost their lives an operation launched by National police forces in Helmand province the night before last.

#5: Two police and one civilian were killed Tuesday when Taliban insurgent fighters launched an attack on a police checkpoint in western Herat province, police said.