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 15, 2014

War News for Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Full audit of Afghanistan presidential votes delayed

Reported security incidents
#1: At least 89 people have been killed in a car bomb explosion at a busy market in eastern Afghanistan's Paktika province, the defence ministry says. Officials say the attacker drove a 4x4 vehicle into the market in Orgun district and detonated the explosives. Some 42 injured people have been taken to hospital, he added.

A suicide bomber detonated a car bomb near a police checkpoint in the eastern province of Paktika.

#2: Separately, two employees of the presidential office were killed when a roadside bomb was exploded by remote control as their vehicle passed it in the capital city of Kabul. President Hamid Karzai's office said five were wounded.

#3: Meanwhile, an alleged militant was killed in an encounter with police following an attack on check post in Bhana Mari area on Kohat Road. Officials said the two accused were riding a motorbike opened fire on the check post. Police returned fire, killing an attacker while his accomplice managed to flee.

#4: At least 17 Taliban militants were killed following counter-terrorism operations in various provinces of Afghanistan in the past 24 hours.

#5: At least three Afghan national army soldiers were martyred following separate improvised explosive device (IED) attacks. The ministry of defense of Afghanistan (MoD) said Tuesday that the soldiers were martyred in the past 24 hours.