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 20, 2014

War News for Saturday, September 20, 2014

Reported security incidents
#1: The Pakistani Taliban announced on Saturday that a senior commander of the militant group had been killed during clashes with the Pakistan Army, a first for the group, which has maintained that the military has been exaggerating the success of Operation Zarb-e-Azb. In a statement issued to the media, Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan spokesman Shahidullah Shahid said Afghan national Mohammad Hassan had “joined his friends” in the TTP after getting released from Afghanistan. According to the statement, the attack in the Boya region was a joint operation by the TTP, local Taliban, and Mehsud fighters that resulted in several Pakistan Army casualties. “Heavy loss of life and material was inflicted upon the Army,” said Shahid, adding that over 10 military checkposts had been destroyed.

#2: Three terrorists were killed and a Naib Subedar was martyred in clashes between Pakistan Army and extremists in Northern Waziristan. According to ISPR, security forces exchanged fire with terrorist in Boya in North Waziristan during the on going military operation Zarb-e-Azb and killed three terrorists.

#3: A trainer jet of Pakistan Army crashed on the outskirts of Quetta, leaving both pilot and co-pilot injured, Pakistan Tribune reported.

#4: A remote-controlled bomb planted by militants along a roadside exploded in Dasht tehsil of Balochistan’s Kech district on Saturday, killing at least one person and injuring two others. A levies official Muhammad Tariq told media that workers of the Frontier Works Organisation (FWO) were engaged on a road construction when their vehicle was targeted with the bomb.

#5: At least 35 Taliban militants were killed and 25 others were injured following counter-terrorism operations in the past 24 hours.

#6: At least four policemen were martyred and six others were injured following an attack by Taliban militants in eastern Laghman province of Afghanistan.