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

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

War News for Wednesday, August 20, 2014

NATO is reporting the death of an ISAF soldier from an insurgent attack in an undisclosed location in eastern Afghanistan on Wednesday, August 20th. unconfirmed news reports state that an ISAF soldier was stabbed in the neck by an Afghani civilian after a military convoy of tankers was stopped at a check point near Kabul airport. Other news states that a western civilian was stabbed and not a soldier.

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Reported security incidents
#1: Two drivers were killed when gunmen attacked three oil tankers in Hawaldari post in Jamrud on Tuesday, official and tribal sources said. The sources said the empty oil tankers were going to Peshawar after supplying oil to Nato forces in Afghanistan when unidentified gunmen opened fire on them. Two drivers were killed in one of the oil tankers while the occupants of the other two vehicles escaped unscathed.

#2: As per a press release of Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR), 18 militants were killed and their nine vehicles and several motorcycles destroyed in the fresh strikes carried out by Pakistan Army’s Cobra gunship helicopters in the North Waziristan tribal region. However, these claims could not be independently confirmed as journalists have limited access to the restive tribal agency. Separately, in another strike of Cobra helicopter in North Waziristan Agency, the security forces killed 30 terrorists and destroyed their seven hideouts and nine vehicles.
 The political administration confirmed the incident and said Pak jets also pounded suspected hideouts of militants in Speen Kabr, Nala, Kajori and Manday Kas of tehsil Bara and inflicted heavy losses on the militants in the area. On the other hand, tribal sources denied the claims of the forces and said the jet fighters targeted civilian population in Bara and killed innocent local tribesmen in the air attacks.
#3: Three persons were killed and two others sustained injuries as a roadside bomb struck a civilian car in the southern Uruzgan province with Trinkot as its capital 370 km south of Kabul on Wednesday, police said. "The gruesome incident occurred at around 10:00 a.m. local time in Charchino district, leaving three persons dead and two others injured,"district police chief Wali Dad told Xinhua.

An engineer of Salam Telecommunication Company along with two others was martyred in explosion of a roadside mine in Charcheno district, Urozgan province this morning.

#4: At least 10 militants and one policeman were killed while a district police chief wounded Wednesday morning in a clash in eastern Ghazni province, a source said. "Taliban militants laid an ambush on police patrol in Andar district early morning. A gunfight took place. Army personnel arrived in the scene. The engagement left 10 militants and one police dead," army spokesman in the province Nazifullah Sultani told Xinhua.

#5: On Tuesday evening, gunmen abducted a former district governor in the country's western province of Herat. "The militants kidnapped former Adrskan District governor Mohammad Dawood Norzai. He also served as campaign manager of Dr. Zulmai Rassoul during the presidential election. A search and rescue operation was launched following the incident," a provincial police spokesman told Xinhua.

#6: Two students of a school were wounded in firing of a rocket in the outskirt of Syeedabad district, Maidan-Wardak province today.

#7: In clashes between Taliban and Afghan security forces 20 armed rebels were killed in Logar province last night. Deen Mohammad Darwish spokesman of Logar province said BNA, Taliban attackers including foreign nationals from three sides attacked on Charkh district, Logar province, which 20 insurgents were killed and 30 others wounded following the clashes.

#8: Four Taliban militants were killed and six others wounded following NATO drone attacks in Kunar province last night.

#9: The anti-government armed militants have suffered heavy casualties during military operations by Afghan National Army (ANA) soldiers. Defense Ministry spokesman, Gen. Zahir Azimi, said the militants were killed during operations in eight different provinces.

#10: A foreign national was stabbed by an unidentified individual in capital Kabul on Wednesday morning. Preliminary reports suggest the foreign civilian was stabbed following a verbal clash. The incident has reportedly taken place in the vicinity of the airport.

#11: Heavy clashes have been reported between the Afghan national security forces and the anti-government armed militants in eastern Nuristan province of Afghanistan. According to local government officials, clashes started on Tuesday after scores of militants launched attacks on security check posts in Du-Aab district. In the meantime, unconfirmed reports suggest that the control of the district has falled to militants following heavy clashes.

#12: At least six Afghan National Army (ANA) soldiers were martyred following roadside bomb explosions in the past 48 hours. Defese Ministry spokesman, Gen. Zahir Azimi, said Wednesday that the Afghan army soldiers were martyred following separate improvised explosive device (IED) attacks.