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 6, 2014

War News for Wednesday, August 6th, 2014

Reported security incidents
#1: update --  A U.S. general was killed and more than a dozen people were wounded on Tuesday, including a German general, in the latest insider attack by a man believed to be an Afghan soldier, U.S., German and Afghan officials said.

#2: In eastern Paktia province, an Afghan police guard exchanged fire with NATO troops near the governor’s office, provincial police said. The guard was killed in the gunfight.

#3: A third “insider attack” happened late Tuesday in the Uruzgan provincial capital of Tirin Kot, where an Afghan police officer killed seven of his colleagues at a checkpoint, then stole their weapons and fled in a police car, provincial spokesman Doost Mohammad Nayab said. A doctor at a local hospital told The Associated Press it appeared the police officer drugged his colleagues before the shooting.

#4: At least seven suspected militants have been killed in the latest U.S. drone strike in Pakistan’s semiautonomous tribal belt. The latest strike took place in Lawara Mandi village in the federally-administered North Waziristan tribal agency, where the Pakistani military began Operation Zarb-e-Azb against militants in mid-June. This is the fifth drone strike since June 12. “A drone fired two missiles at a compound in Lawara Mandi and at least seven militants were killed,” said a senior security official in the region, adding that the dead included local and foreign militants, including Uzbeks and Haqqani network members.

#5: Two unidentified men opened fire on three members of the Sikh community in Peshawar on Wednesday, killing one and injuring the others, a private news channel reported. According to the report, attackers opened fire on the men around 10am in Shabab Market of Hashtnagri area of Peshawar.

#6: In continuation of operation which was launched recently by Afghan security forces in Helmand province, 35 armed oppositions were killed. Ministry of National Defense press office with sending a written letter stated BNA, the operation conducted under the name of Oqab (Eagle) few days ago in relevant areas of Sangeen district of the province, in which 35 Taliban militants lost their lives, 30 others wounded and several others arrested in the district.

DoD: Maj. Gen. Harold J. Greene