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 9, 2014

War News for Wednesday, July 09, 2014

Afghan Candidate Stops Short of Forming Government

UN documents 4,853 civilian casualties in Afghanistan in past 6 months

Reported security incidents
#1: A group of militants launched massive offensives against police headquarters and provincial governor office in Kandahar city the capital of Kandahar province, 450 km south of Kabul on Wednesday. "A group of militants first conducted a suicide car bomb next to the Kandahar police headquarters and after minutes some militants begun opening fire on the governor office," spokesman for provincial government Dawa Khan Minapal told Xinhua. A gun battle between the security forces and the attackers is going on, Minapal said, adding the militants have occupied some buildings near the provincial governor office, and were opening fire from them.

#2: Pakistani jets bombed insurgent hide-outs in a restive tribal area bordering Afghanistan and killed at least 13 militants on Tuesday the military said. The strikes were carried out at Degan village a stronghold of Taleban militants in the North Waziristan tribal district.

#3: At least two people were killed and two sustained injuries as unknown gunmen opened fire targeting passengers in a Rickshaw in the Cantt area of Bannu on Wednesday, Dunya News reported.

#4: Clash among policemen left at least three personnel dead and two other injured in southern province of Kandahar, an official said Monday.

#5: At least 8 armed Taliban killed in a clash with local police forces in Imam Sahib District of Kunduz province.

#6: At least two Afghan national army (ANA) soldiers were martyred following separate improvised explosive device (IED) attacks in the last 24 hours.

#6: At least 35 Taliban militants were killed following military operations conducted by Afghan national security forces in various provinces of Afghanistan.