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 4, 2014

War News for Monday, August 4th, 2014

Reported security incidents
#1: A bomb killed a Pakistani religious leader and two of his guards during a celebration at a northwestern shrine on Monday, police said, as officers prepared for a militant backlash over a continuing military operation. Monday's bomb attack took place as a crowd of thousands gathered at a Sufi shrine near the city of Dera Ismail Khan where the religious leader, Faqir Jamshed, was presiding at a function.

#2: Four Afghan army soldiers were killed and four others wounded in a bomb attack in the outskirts of the national capital of Kabul on Monday morning, the Defense Ministry confirmed. "Four Afghan National Army (ANA) personnel were martyred and four wounded following a roadside bombing in southern outskirts of Kabul. The army personnel were on their routine patrol in an army armored vehicle when the incident took place at around 7:45 a.m. local time," the ministry said in a statement.

#3: Seven Uzbek terrorists and two army soldiers were killed during the clearance of the Miramshah to Datta Khel road, a military spokesperson said on Monday.

#4: Units of police in coordination with the army personnel have killed 86 Taliban militants during series of operations across the country over the past 24 hours, Interior Ministry said in a statement released here on Monday.

#5: Nine armed Taliban were killed and another wounded in Kunar province last night. According to police chief of Kunar province to BNA, nine armed insurgents were killed in drone attack of foreign forces and another wounded.

#5: Two consecutive explosions inflected financial damages in Nangarhar provinces last night.