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 28, 2014

War News for Thursday, August 28, 2014

Pakistan’s polio woes continue — funds likely to run out soon!

New Taliban group vows attacks in Pakistan

US moves prisoners from Afghanistan to Yemen

Afghanistan vote audit to conclude on 10th of September, says Kubis

Largest NATO base to be transferred to Afghan forces in Helmand

Reported security incidents
#1: Suspected militants on Thursday opened fire on three tankers in Balochistan's Mastung district, police said. Amir Hamza, a police official told Dawn that four gunmen on two motorcycles opened fire at the tankers carrying fuel for Nato troops deployed in Afghanistan near Mastung bazaar. He said one tanker caught fire, whereas drivers of the other two tankers sped away.

#2: Two security personnel were injured on Thursday in a bomb blast near the Pak Afghan border in Mohmand Agency. According to official sources, the security forces' vehicle was targeted with a remote-controlled Improvised Explosive Device (IED) near the Elbow Kandaow area of Mohmand Agency.

#3: Units of Afghan security forces have killed 21 Taliban militants in Chardara and Khanabad district in the northern Kunduz province, 250 km north of Kabul, over the past two days, provincial police chief Mustafa Mohseni said Thursday.

#4: Thirty-five armed Taliban including eight Pakistani insurgents were killed in a military operation in Urozgan province. The operation continued since three days in Shaheed Hasas district, eight other insurgents were also wounded.

#5: Armed Taliban shot dead head of Ulema council of Nangarhar province.

#6: The ANA forces conducted separate operations in vicinities of Maidan-Wardak, Helmand, Kandahar and  Paktia provinces, killed 11 insurgents. Likewise, three ANA forces were martyred in explosion of a roadside mine and two others killed in a clash by insurgents in the operations.  

#7: Six armed Taliban militants were killed in recent clashes in Ghazni province last night. The clashes occurred in suburb of Ghazni city, two other insurgents were also wounded.

#8: At least three Afghan National Army (ANA) soldiers were martyred following improvised explosive device (IED) explosion.

#9: Unknown gunmen assassinated the municipal court chief for western Farah province of Afghanistan on Wednesday.