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 23, 2014

War News for Saturday, August 23, 2014

Reported security incidents
#1: A paramilitary soldier was killed in an exchange of fire with militants who entered Pakistani territory from Afghanistan on Friday, the military said. The incident happened in Muslam Bagh sector in southwestern Baluchistan province near the Afghan border. “About 70 to 80 terrorists intruded from (the) Afghanistan side into Pakistani territory,” the military said in a statement.

#2: Twelve alleged militants were killed in an encounter with Frontier Corps Balochistan in Dasht area of Turbat district, on Friday. A press release issued by FC headquarters, here on Friday night said that following intelligence information, FC teams launched search operation against militants in Dasht area of Kech Turbat where an exchange of fire took place between the FC men and the militants, resulting in killing of 12 armed militants.

#3: Five militants were killed and five others injured in clashes with the Aman Lashkar that took place in Orakzai Agency, Geo News reported on Saturday. According to the sources, the militants ambushed the Aman Lashkar personnel when they approached the mountains in the border area of Sipah in Orakzai Agency on a tip-off regarding the presence of terrorists.

#4: Four civilians were killed and another wounded in drone attack of coalition forces in Logar province yesterday. Abdullah Hashimi one of the residents of the area said BNA, coalition forces bombardment three rounds on Padkhwab Shana region, Pul-e-Alam city, in which three civilians were martyred and another wounded. Colonel Abdul Hakim Ishaqzai police chief of Logar confirmed killing of civilians in the incident.

#5: Two officials of Ainak Copper Mine were martyred in explosion of a roadside mine in Logar province yesterday. Spokesman of Logar security directorate said BNA, two security officials of Ainak Copper Mine were martyred while their vehicle hit a roadside mine in Mohammadagha district.

#6: Thirty-five armed insurgents were killed in a series of clearing operations conducted by security troops in different provinces of the country. According to interior ministry press office to BNA, the security forces carried out several operations in Kunar, Zabul, Logar, Ghazni, Paktika and Ghoor provinces, in which 35 armed insurgents were killed, 24 wounded and another was arrested.

#7: At least five Afghan national army soldiers were martyred following improvised explosive device (IED) attacks in various provinces of the country. Defense ministry spokesman, Gen. Zahir Azimi, said the Afghan army soldiers were martyred in the past 48 hours following IED attacks.

#8: The Pakistani security forces launched attack in Maruf district of southern Kandahar province of Afghanistan on Friday. According to local government officials, the artillery shelling by Pakistani military lasted almost three hours, leaving a number of civilians killed or injured.

#9: At least five policemen were killed following an insider attack in southern Helmand province of Afghanistan. According to local government officials, the incident took place late Thursday night in Greshk district after a policeman poisoned his five comrades and later shot them dead.