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 2, 2014

War News for Saturday, August 2, 2014

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Reported security incidents
#1: One security official was killed in Bajaur Agency when militants attacked a security forces’ checkpost in border area of Mamond Tehsil, on Friday. According to ISPR, a group of militants entered Pakistani territory from Afghanistan’s Kunar province and attacked the border post in Ghakhai pass area. The assault was carried out using heavy weaponry, killing one FC official.

#2: At least three militants were killed on Saturday in Pakistan's North Waziristan region. The militants were killed in an operation conducted by security forces in the Mir Ali area, Dawn online reported.

#3: Eight people, including three security personnel, were killed in parts of Charsadda district in targeted attacks and other incidents during last four days.

#4: In a separate attack, two paramilitary soldiers were killed and several others injured when a roadside bomb hit their vehicle in Dera Bugti, a town in the country's southwest Balochistan province.

#5: At least 29 Taliban militants were killed during counter-terrorism operations in Afghanistan. The interior ministry of Afghanistan following a statement said Saturday that the militants were killed or injured during coordinated operations in the past 24 hours.