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 3, 2014

War News for Wednesday, September 3, 2014

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Reported security incidents
#1: Pakistan said Wednesday it has killed 910 suspected militants and lost 82 soldiers in a major offensive launched in June in a restive tribal region near Afghanistan.

#2: About 35 Taliban militants have been killed in fresh military operations across Afghanistan, said the country's Interior Ministry on Wednesday morning.

#3: Afghan security forces killed a local Taliban leader along with eight other militants during a security operation in northern Kunduz province, police said Wednesday.

#4: The head of development council of Jaween district was abducted by Taliban this morning. Mohammad Yar governor of Jaween district, Farah province said BNA, the incident occurred while Ghulam Haidar the head of development council of Jaween district  with his men was going from center of Farah to Jaween district, abducted by Taliban and transferred to unspecified place.

#5: Two policemen were martyred and five others wounded in explosion of a roadside mine in Dehraod district, Urozgan province this morning.

#6: The provincial Hajj and Religious Affairs chief Qazi Fazal Ahmad was kidnapped by militants in central Maidan Wardak province of Afghanistan.

#7: Cross-border shelling from the other side of Durand Line continues as Pakistani military fired around 100 rockets in Kunar province on Tuesday.