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

Thursday, August 14, 2014

War News for Thursday, August 14, 2014

Reported security incidents
#1: Afghan officials say at least three police officers have been killed by a roadside bomb in eastern Laghman Province. A spokesman for the provincial governor said four other officers were wounded when the blast hit a police vehicle in Badpakh district on August 14.

#2: A Frontier Corps (FC) personnel was killed and another was injured after their patrolling vehicle was bombed in the Saryab area of Quetta Thursday morning.

#3: A teenage boy was killed following cross-border shelling from the other side of Durand Line in eastern Kunar province. Provincial police chief, Gen. Abdul Habib Syed Khe, said at least 21 rockets were fired from the other side of Durand Line on Wednesday night.

#4: Unknown gunmen shot dead the campaign manager of former presidential contender Gul Agha Sherzai in southern Helmand province. The provincial government media office in a statement said Thursday that the campaign manager of ex-presidential runner Gul Agha Sherzai was shot dead by unknown gunmen riding a motorcycle.

#5: At least four civilians were killed following an explosion in southern Helmand province of Afghanistan. According to local government officials, the incident took place late Wednesday in Khanshin district of Helmand province.

DoD: Sgt. 1st Class Samuel C. Hairston