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

Friday, August 22, 2014

War News for Friday, August 22, 2014

NATO is reporting the death of an ISAF soldier from a non-combat related incident in an undisclosed location in eastern Afghanistan on Friday, August 22nd.

Reported security incidents
#1: security forces during operations against Taliban militants in the eastern Laghman province 90 km east of Afghan capital Kabul killed four militants on Friday, a statement of provincial administration sent to media outlets said. "Security personnel laid ambush and killed four armed insurgents in Kotator area outside provincial capital Mehterlam early Friday morning and their bodies have been kept in a local hospital," the statement said.
#2: Three police were killed as a roadside bomb struck police van in the eastern Kunar province on Friday, provincial police chief Abdul Habib Sayedkhili said. "A mine planted by militants struck a police vehicle in Manogai district this morning killing three police constables on the spot, " Sayedkhili told newsmen here.
DoD: Sgt. 1st Class Matthew I. Leggett