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

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

War News for Tuesday, September 9, 2014

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Reported security incidents
#1: Taliban militants attacked a Karachi naval dockyard in a weekend raid which left a Pakistani officer and two insurgents dead, officials said on Tuesday. An officer and six sailors were also wounded in the attack early Saturday on the high security facility, a navy spokesman said, adding that four attackers had been captured alive.

#2: Pakistan’s military said on Monday it had killed 10 militants and destroyed an explosives cache in ongoing airstrikes as part of a major offensive against the Taliban in the northwest. “Army aviation gunship helicopters struck an area ahead of Boya Degan in North Waziristan. In a precise strike on a terrorist hideout, gunship helicopters destroyed one explosive dump and five vehicles and killed 10 terrorists,” the military said in a statement. The conflict zone is off-limits to journalists, so there is no way to independently verify the number and identity of those killed.

#3: Five Afghan police were killed in a clash followed by a blast in eastern province of Laghman on Tuesday, sources said. "Taliban militants launched an attack on Afghan Local Police ( ALP) checkpoint in Badpakh district. The ALP responded the attack, killing several militants," the provincial government said in a statement. Two ALP cops were also killed and one police was wounded in the clash. The statement said, adding three other ALP members were killed when their vehicle set off a roadside bomb at the same area.

#4: Earlier on the day, six civilians were wounded in a bomb attack in Mazar-i-Sharif city, the capital of northern Balkh province, 305 km north of Kabul.

#5-6: Six militants were killed and six others wounded in two separate incidents in Afghanistan on Tuesday morning, authorities said.

#5: In one incident, three militants were killed and two others wounded when a NATO drone fired a missile on a compound in Achin district of eastern Nangarhar province, the provincial police spokesman Hzrat Husain Mashriqiwal told Xinhua.

#6: In neighboring Paktika province, three militants were killed and four others wounded when a roadside bomb they were planting along a road in Khir Kot district went off prematurely at around 6: 00 a.m. in the morning, according to district governor Raz Mohammad Mukhlis.

#7: a suicide attack Police chief of Raghistan district, Kandahar province along with two other policemen were martyred last night. Zia Durani spokesman of police chief in the province told BNA, the attack occurred while a suicide assailant entered to Raghistan security command and exploded himself.

#8: At least three militants were killed following a drone strike by NATO-led coalition security forces in eastern Nangarhar province of Afghanistan.