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

Thursday, July 17, 2014

War News for Thursday, July 17, 2014

Reported security incidents
#1: Four Afghan militants have been killed after launching a rocket-propelled grenade attack on Kabul International Airport. "Four terrorists were killed by police special forces. The area is being cleared now, there are no casualties to our forces," said Interior Ministry spokesman Sediq Sediqqi.
#2: Officials say police fought for more than 10 hours with militants planning to attack the prime minister's home in eastern Pakistan. Government official Shuja Khanzada said Thursday a police officer and a militant were killed in an overnight operation against insurgents planning the attack.
#3: At least seven people were killed and four others injured today in a roadside bomb blast in this restive northwestern Pakistani city. The blast occurred in Dorri Banda area of Hangu district of Khyber Pakthunkhwa.
#4: Taliban militants attacked the security convoy of president Hamid Karzai in eastern Paktia province of Afghanistan. Preliminary reports suggest at least four security guards of president Karzai were injured following the attack.