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

Friday, July 4, 2014

War News for Friday, July 04, 2014

Polio team beaten up in Khairpur

Journalist’s home bombed in Pakistan

Journalist seriously injured in knife attack in Herat province

Reported security incidents
#1: update Taliban insurgents fired rockets into Kabul airport on Thursday, destroying the Afghan president's parked helicopter and damaging three other choppers, officials said, in an attack that underlined security fears in the capital.

#2: At least seven people were killed in a US airstrike in eastern Afghanistan. The attack, which took place in Logar Province, also injured three people.

#3: Two people were killed while three others were injured in reportedly a suicide bombing on Friday in Karachi’s area of Saddar, a private news channel reported. According to details, a suicide bomber struck a mosque in Saddar’s Preedy street and killed two people. Three others were injured.

#4: At least two internally displaced persons (IDPs) were killed Friday when unidentified gunmen opened fire at a refugee registration camp in a government school in Pakistan's Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province. The incident occurred in Bannu district and the victims were from North Waziristan, Dawn online reported.

#5: Afghan security forces killed 90 militants during clashes in restive southern Helmand province, authorities said Friday. "On Thursday, Afghan police and army launched an operation after an intelligence tip off showed dozens of Taliban insurgents took position in Babajee locality of provincial capital Lashkar Gah, killing 20 Taliban insurgents and capturing seven others along with weapons and motorcycles," the provincial police chief, Major General Abdul Qaum Baqizoi, told Xinhua.

#6: A suicide bomber targeted a vehicle convoy of the NATO-led International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) in southern Kandahar province. According to local government officials, the incident took place early Friday in Zherai district.  said only a vehicle of the NATO-led International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) was damaged following the attack.

#7: At least two civilians were killed and nine others were injured following an explosion in northern Mazar-e-Sharif city of Afghanistan. Security officials in northern Balkh province said the incident took place around 7:30 pm local time close to Mazar-e-Sharif shrine. The officials further added that two civilians were killed and nien others were injured following the blast.