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

Saturday, July 5, 2014

War News for Saturday, July 05, 2014

The U.S. Needs to Stop the ISIS Pipeline

Reported security incidents
#1: Taliban insurgents have set fire to about 200 oil tanker lorries supplying fuel for Nato forces in an attack just outside Kabul, police said. Television footage showed black smoke billowing above the site of the attack, with the charred wreckage of dozens of trucks scattered around a vast parking space. It was unclear how the fire was started. Some Afghan media reported that insurgents had fired rockets at the tankers late on Friday. There were no immediate reports of casualties.

#2: Jets bombed militant hideouts in North Waziristan on Saturday, killing scores of Uzbek and local insurgents in a massive ongoing offensive against the Taliban, the military said. Airstrikes were carried out at Miranshah and Boya village after shots were fired at troops, according to a statement

#3: A local Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) district leader was killed in the wee hours of Saturday morning when unknown gunmen opened fire on him in Balochistan's Kalat district, DawnNews reported. According to Levies personnel, unknown assailants broke into the house of PML-N leader Abdul Jabbar Imrani at the time of Sehri and shot him dead.

#4: Preacher of Farah mosque has been martyred by unknown gunmen last night. Jawad Afghan spokesman of Farah governor told BNA, Mawlavi Momen preacher of a mosque in Farah province targeted by two unknown gunmen who riding motorcycle and seriously injured. According to the source, Mawlavi Momen as a result of heavy injuries and bleeding lost his life on way to hospital.

#5: Six Taliban militants were killed and 10 others sustained injuries as clash erupted in Jarm district of Badakhshan province 315 km northeast of Kabul on Friday night, spokesman of provincial government Ahmad Naved Frutan said Saturday. "A group of armed Taliban rebels attacked police checkpoints outside Jarm city on Friday night and police returned fire killing six militants on the spot and injuring 10 others," Frutan told Xinhua. There were no casualties on the security personnel, he contended.