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

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

War News for Wednesday, September 24, 2014

NATO concludes AWACS mission in Afghanistan

Reported security incidents
#1: A US drone strike killed at least five suspected militants near the Afghan border in northwestern Pakistan on Wednesday, intelligence officials said.  

#2: Thirteen militants were killed in fresh airstrikes by Pakistan Air Force in Tirah Valley at Khyber Agency today. Political administration has confirmed that 13 militants were killed by the jet fighters of Pakistan Air Force. Several militant hideouts were also destroyed in the airstrikes.

#3: At least three civilians were wounded in a blast in Mazar-i-Sharif city, the capital of northern Afghan province of Balkh, on Wednesday morning, police said.

#4: Four police were killed while four others were wounded as Taliban launched an attack on a security checkpoint in Kunduz city, capital of northern Afghan province of Kunduz on Wednesday morning, police said. "The militants attacked an Afghan Local Police (ALP) checkpoint in Atmanzai locality in outskirts of Kunduz city at around 08:00 a.m. local time. Four ALP cops were killed and four ALP members were wounded as a result of the gunfight lasting for a while," an ALP official Sarraj Uddin told Xinhua.

#5: An Afghan lawmaker escaped unhurt from an attack by militants in northern Baghlan province of Afghanistan. According to local security officials, the incident took place late Tuesday night in Kelagay area. Provincial police spokesman, Jawid Basharat said a group of militants attacked the vehicle of lawmaker Aashiqullah Wafa while he was returning to capital Kabul.