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 16, 2014

War News for Wednesday, July 16, 2014

News reports that a Czech soldier has died in Prague's military hospital on Monday, July 13th. The soldier was wounded in a suicide bombing which killed for other Czech soldiers on Tuesday, July 8th.

French Soldier Killed in Mali Suicide Attack

Militants Repel Iraqi Government Assault On Tikrit

Reported security incidents
#1: A US drone strike on Wednesday killed at least 13 people in a suspected militant compound in Pakistan's northwestern tribal belt. "A US drone fired two missiles targeting a militant compound in Zoi Saidgai area, killing at least 13 insurgents," a senior security official in Miranshah, the main town of North Waziristan, told AFP.

#2: Elsewhere in North Waziristan, air strikes in the Shawal Valley killed 35 militants, according to a statement from the military.

#3: At least three Afghan national army soldiers were martyred following separate improvised explosive device (IED) attacks.

#4: In the meantime defense ministey said at lease 37 militants were killed during opeations by Afghan soldiers in Khost, Kandahar and Helmand provinces.

#5: Unknown gunmen kidnapped the aid workers of a US-based non-governmental organization in western Herat province of Afghanistan. According to local government officials, the four aid workers were kidnapped by gunmen in Gozara district late Tuesday.

#6: At least 61 rockets have been fired in eastern Kunar province of Afghanistan in the latest wave of cross-border shelling.

#7: A heavy explosion was heard in capital Kabul early Wednesday morning after a rocket landed in side the Kabul airport. Initial reports suggested that two rockets landed near Kabul airport without causing any casualties.