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

Monday, August 11, 2014

War News for Monday, August 11, 2014

Afghanistan: No justice for thousands of civilians killed in US/NATO operations

Reported security incidents
#1: A blast occurred in Qandhari Bazar area of Chaman Monday morning and reports suggested that several persons were injured in the explosion. According to the sources, a powerful explosion occurred in Qandhari Bazar area today morning that injured several persons. Security forces told that four persons were wounded in the suspected motorcycle blast.

#2: Afghan forces during cleanup operations launched Monday morning have killed 22 Taliban militants including two local commanders in Ghazni province, an army spokesman in the province Nazifullah Sultani said.

#3: About 51 Taliban militants have been killed in Afghan security forces' cleanup operations across the country within day, the country's Interior Ministry said Monday morning. "Afghan National Security Forces conducted cleanup operations and battled the Taliban militants in Nangarhar, Laghman, Kunduz, Kandahar, Uruzgan, Wardak, Logar and Helmand provinces within the past 24 hours, killing 51 armed Taliban rebels,"the ministry said in a statement providing daily operational updates.

#4-5: Six Afghan policemen and three civilians were killed in two separate bomb attacks in eastern province of Ghazni on Monday morning, a provincial government spokesman said.

#4: "A police van set off a roadside bomb in Andar district early Monday morning, and the explosion left six police cops dead and two others wounded," spokesman Shafiq Nang told Xinhua.

#5: In neighboring Gilan district, three men died as their motorcycle ran over a roadside bomb nearly at the same time, according to the spokesman.

#6: In another development, four militants and one policeman were killed and six Taliban rebels and two policemen were wounded in a clash which took place after Taliban attacked police checkpoints in Aqcha district of northern Jawzjan province overnight, the provincial police chief Faqir Mohammad Jawzjani told Xinhua, adding that a Taliban local leader named Qari Sadroddin was among the killed.

#7: 52 rockets shells fired by Pakistani forces on Kunar province last night. Col. Abdul Habib Sayeedkhail police chief of the province told BNA, 52 rockets shells fired by Pakistani forces on Dangam, Shigal and Marawar districts of Kunar province, as a result of which a woman and a man were seriously injured.

#8: The Taliban militants have ambushed senior government officials including the provincial governor in northeastern Badakhshan province. According to local government officials, the senior government officials have been trapped in the area and clashes continue to end the Taliban siege. The incident took place in Jurm district and the provincial intelligence chief, governor spokesman and police chief are also among those trapped in the area.