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

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

War News for Wednesday, July 02, 2014

NATO is reporting the death of an ISAF soldier from a non-combat related incident in an undisclosed location in eastern Afghanistan on Sunday, June 30th. The Australian MoD confirms the death as an ADF soldier.

Reported security incidents
#1: Eight military personnel were killed and another 13 wounded when a suicide bomber attacked an air force bus in Afghanistan's capital today.

#2: Pakistani military helicopters have pounded militant hideouts in the country’s restive northwest in a continuing massive operation against pro-Taliban elements in the trial belt, killing at least 10 of them, authorities say. The government helicopters on Wednesday targeted militant positions in the Khar Warsak area, 12 kilometers north of Miramshah, the main town in the North Waziristan tribal region.

#3: At least eleven Taliban militants were killed following an airstrike by Afghan air force. Gen. Azimi further added that Mi-35 helicopters were used to target the Taliban militants during the air raid. He said an Afghan national army soldier was also killed following an imprivised explosive device (IED) explosion.