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 4, 2014

War News for Thursday, September 4, 2014

NATO is reporting the death of an ISAF soldier from an insurgent attack in an undisclosed location in eastern Afghanistan on Thursday, August 4th.

Reported security incidents
#1: The Taliban has struck a government compound in eastern Afghanistan in a dawn attack that included two suicide truck bombings and left at least 12 people dead, including eight off duty policemen asleep in their quarters nearby. The attack started at sunrise, with the Taliban setting off two massive suicide truck bombs outside the government compound in the provincial capital of Ghazni, followed by an assault by nearly a dozen gunmen. The assault triggered a gunbattle with policemen and security forces at the compound and officials said all 13 assailants were subsequently killed, including the two suicide bombers.

Taliban suicide bombers attacked Afghanistan's regional spy headquarters in Ghazni city early Thursday, leaving 21 people dead and more than 150 civilians wounded, a government official said. Nineteen of the dead were the suicide attackers. The remaining two were members of the National Directorate of Security personnel. The NDS is the nation's spy agency. The assault began when one of the suicide attackers detonated an explosives-filled truck at the front gate of the spy agency, said Shafiq Nang, a spokesman for the governor of Ghazni province. Twelve of them stormed the NDS. Six others hit the Rapid Reaction Police headquarters in the city.

#2: Seven Afghan army soldiers and 40 Taliban militants have been killed within the past 24 hours, said the country's Defense Ministry on Thursday morning. Up to six army soldiers were killed in a roadside bombing and one army personnel was killed in direct enemy's fire over the same period, the statement noted.

18 armed Taliban were killed and 8 others wounded in the outskirts of Zabul and Ghazni provinces.

#3: At least five Afghan National Army (ANA) soldiers were martyred following an attack by Taliban militants in eastern Kunar province of Afghanistan. According to local government officials, the attack was carried out late Wednesday after a group of Taliban militants attacked a security check post. Provincail governor, Shuja-ul-Mulk Jalal, said the assailant militants who attacked the check post were disguised in Afghan army uniform.


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