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

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

War News for Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Afghanistan reconstruction a multibillion-dollar waste

Deaths of humanitarian aid workers reach record high

Reported security incidents
#1: Pakistan's military says it has killed 48 suspected militants in airstrikes in two tribal regions near Afghanistan. In a statement, the military said army helicopters attacked militant hideouts in the Khyber and North Waziristan tribal regions.

#2: As many as 700 heavily armed Taliban insurgents are battling Afghan security forces in Logar, a key province near the capital Kabul, local officials said on Tuesday, in a test of the Afghan military's strength as foreign forces pull out of the country. Abdul Hakim Esaaqzai, the police chief of Logar province, said the insurgents, armed with heavy machine guns, were fighting Afghan forces from residential areas in Charkh district.

#3: At least six people including two infants were killed when a vehicle hit a roadside bomb in restive northwest Pakistan Tuesday, officials said. The attack came in Salarzai area of Bajaur tribal region, which lies on the Afghan border and has recently been attacked by the militants from across the frontier.
#4: The Pakistani military fired at least 30 more rockets in eastern Kunar province of Afghanistan.

#5: At least two militants were killed following an airstrike by NATO-led coalition forces in eastern Kunar province of Afghanistan.