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

Thursday, September 25, 2014

War News for Thursday, September 25, 2014

Reported security incidents
#1: A group of insurgents attacked a marble mine in Chesht district of western Herat province on Wednesday night, local officials said on Thursday. According to the provincial officials, the attack started around 9 p.m. Wednesday night and continued until 1 a.m. The attack claimed the life of one mine worker and wounded three others. The insurgents kidnapped four other workers upon fleeing the area.

#2: A bomb blast ripped through a bazaar in Maimana city the capital of Faryab province 425 km northwest of Kabul on Thursday killing one person and wounding 18 others, deputy to provincial police chief Mohammad Naem Andarabi said. "Militants planted explosive device on a bicycle and detonated it next to a police vehicle parked in the bazaar of Maimana as a result one person was killed on the spot and 18 others, all civilians sustained injuries, some in critical condition," Andarabi told Xinhua. Since the police van was empty, no police personnel were harmed, the official said.

#3: A bomb blast rocked the southern town of Spin Boldak in Taliban former stronghold Kandahar province 450 km south of Kabul on Thursday, injuring six persons, all civilians, spokesman for provincial government Samim Khapalwak said.

#3: Two civilians including a Pakistani immigrant were killed in attack of Taliban in Kunar province today. Abdul Habib Syeedkhail police chief of Kunar said BNA; two civilians which one of them is Pakistani immigrant were killed in attack of armed Taliban in Ozbel region, Asmar district, Kunar province.

#4: According to another report, four armed Taliban were killed in clashes by security forces in Ghaziabad district of that province. According to the source, Taliban attacked on police post in Ghaziabad district, in clashes between Taliban and police forces, four armed Taliban lost their lives. It should be said that there were no casualties among civilians and police forces in the clashes. 

#5: At least two American soldiers were injured following an explosion in northern Parwan province of Afghanistan. District administrative chief, Abdul Shakoor Qadusi, said an armoured vehicle of the US forces struck an improvised explosive device (IED) in Bagram on Wednesday night.

#6: Unknown gunmen shot dead a prosecutor in southern Helmand province of Afghanistan, local officials said Thursday. Provincial police spokesman, Farid Ahmad Obaid said the appellate prosecutor was shot dead by unknown gunmen in Lashkargah city late Wednesday.