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

Saturday, September 6, 2014

War News for Saturday, September 6, 2014

Heavy monsoon downpours hammers Pakistan, India

Afghans Say Taliban Are Nearing Control of Key District (Sangin district in northern Helmand)

Reported security incidents
#1: A Sikh businessman was shot dead on Saturday in Peshawar’s area of Gulberg, a private news channel reported. According to the report, the victim was a resident of Dabgari. He was attacked by two unidentified gunmen at his shop in Nothia area of Gulberg.

#2: Foiling a big sabotage attack, police on Saturday morning claimed seizing an explosives-laden truck near Maidan Hawai (Airport) road in capital Kabul, an official said.

#3: At least two security personnel sustained injuries when a remote controlled bomb exploded here in Darsamand area (Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province) on Saturday,

#4: About 86 Taliban militants have been killed and 62 others got injured as the Afghan security forces carried out cleanup operations in different provinces within the last 24 hours, said the country's Interior Ministry on Saturday morning.

#5: Two mine planters were killed, as a result of their own mine explosion in Badghis province yesterday.

#6: In clashes between Taliban militants and Afghan police forces, 9 insurgents were killed in Shah Wali Koot district of Kandahar province last night.

#7: A policeman was killed and seven civilians wounded in a suicide attack in Kandahar province last night.

#8: At least five Afghan National Army (ANA) soldiers were martyred following Improvised Explosive Device (IED) and militants attacks, defense officials said Saturday.

DoD: Spc. Brian K. Arsenault