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

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

War News for Tuesday, July 01, 2014

Reported security incidents
#1: About 27 Taliban militants have been killed during cleanup operations across Afghanistan as security forces continue to press the militants ahead of foreign forces withdrawal by the end of the year, said the Interior Ministry on Tuesday. Afghan army, police and intelligence agency carried out several cleanup operations in Kunar, Kunduz, Badakhshan, Balkh, Zabul and Helmand provinces.

#2: At least two Pakistani soldiers were killed and another injured when militants attacked a vehicle belonging to security forces in the restive North Waziristan tribal region, media reports on Tuesday said. The military vehicle was targeted in the areas between Kajori and Ippi villages in Mirali tehsil.

#3:  Peshawar—As the Operation Zarb-e-Azb, initiated some two weeks back against the insurgents in volatile North Waziristan Agency advances on the 16th consecutive day, the Pakistan Army Monday formally announced to have kicked off ground offensive against the militants in the region killing at least 15 more terrorists in parts of NWA. 

At least 412 militants and 17 soldiers have been killed so far in military operation in northwest Pakistan that was launched on June 15 against foreign and local terrorists hiding in the country's northwestern tribal regions bordering Afghanistan, officials said Monday.


Dancewater said...

and the number of US military Obama is sending to Iraq is over 800 now.