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 18, 2014

War News for Friday, July 18, 2014

Militants Slip Away from Pakistani Armed Forces

Reported security incidents
#1: Militants killed eight members of a government paramilitary force in a midnight attack on a security checkpoint in Pakistan's restive northwest, security officials said Friday. The militants bombarded the checkpoint with rocket-propelled grenades, two senior military officials said, before overrunning and ransacking it. Local residents said the gunfire began around midnight and continued for at least two hours.

#2: Two people, including a Taliban militant, were killed Friday and 14 others injured after an apparently accidental explosion in eastern Afghanistan, an official said. "An enemy of the people was carrying a bomb on his motorbike, but it exploded on the way in Mehtarlam city," said Sarhadi Zwak, spokesman for the governor of Laghman province.

#3: Five staff members of an intelligence agency were killed while six others were injured  in an accident near Sahiwal, a private channel reported. The accident took place late on Thursday when a van carrying  intelligence officers collided head-on with a truck while returning from the funeral of an intelligence officer, who was killed during Thursday operation on Raiwand Road against alleged terrorists.

#4: The bomb attack that left the policeman dead and three others wounded took place in the Yakatoot area of Peshawar city. The bomb exploded near a police van in Yakatoot neighbourhood at around 4:00am (2300 GMT Thursday), killing a policeman and injuring three others," a senior police official, told AFP.

#5: Four people were killed in a firing incident in the Mehmonabad are of the city (Quetta) on Friday. Police said the dead include three family members (grandfather, father and son) who were returning home after offering their Friday prayers. According to police, two men on a motorcycle fled after opening fire.

#6: A 10-year-old girl was injured in the latest wave of cross-border shelling from the other side of Durand line in Kunar province. According to local government official, at least ten rockets were fired in Kunar province on Thursday night.


Ligue 1 Live said...

Afganistan is passing a very terrible time. May be they have a lake of a reliable leader. Also the boarder country like Pakistan & other should do something betterment for them.