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

Saturday, August 16, 2014

War News for Saturday, August 16, 2014

Rain-related incidents leave 18 dead in Peshawar

Reported security incidents
#1: The International Committee of the Red Cross in Afghanistan is trying to secure the release of five of their staff members who were abducted in the western Herat province, a spokesman said Saturday. The employees were traveling by road on Friday when they were detained by a local armed group, said Marek Resich, an ICRC spokesman.
#2: Two Border Security Force (BSF) soldiers were killed and two others were injured when terrorists attacked their convoy in Pulwama district of Jammu and Kashmir. The incident occurred on Saturday afternoon.
#3: A clash took place between armed rebels and Afghan security forces in Ghaziabad district of Kunar provinces in which tens of rebels killed. Gen. Abdul-Habib Sayedkhail police chief of Kunar said BNA, clash occurred last night between security forces and armed oppositions while armed rebels wanted to target Afghan security posts in Ghazibabd district. an ANA solider and a police were also martyred in the clash.
#4: Afghan security forces launching operations in some provinces of the country killed 42 armed rebels.
#5: At least 23 rockets were fired in eastern Kunar province of Afghanistan in the latest spate of cross-border shelling from the other side of Durand Line. Provincial police chief, Gen. Abdul Habib Syed Khel, said the rockets were fired on Friday night and landed in Marwara and Dangam districts.
#6: At least three policemen were killed following an airstrike by NATO-led coalition forces in northern Parwan province of Afghanistan. Local government officiails, said the incident took place on Friday in Ghorband district of Parwan province.