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

Friday, October 24, 2014

War News for Friday, October 24, 2014

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Reported security incidents
#1: Afghan police say five people were killed and two were wounded when gunmen opened fire on a car in an attack in one of the country's eastern provinces. Friday's attack took place in Nangahar province as seven civilians were travelling through Khogyani district early in the morning.

#2: Pakistani and Iranian forces have exchanged mortar fire along their porous border.Pakistani officials said Iran fired six mortar shells, which landed near the border town of Mashkail. Pakistan is then thought to have fired back, BBC reported on oct.24.

#3: Operation Khyber 1 is successfully continued in district Bara and Tirah in Khyber Agency. In the duration of eight days since the operation commenced, at least 60 militants got killed and more than 25 injured whereas more than 100 militants including a key commander surrendered to the security forces. 3 security forces’ officers have also been martyred whereas 12 got injured. 6000 families have migrated to fetch for safe havens.

#4: At least three people were killed and 30 others injured when a suicide bomber blew up himself near a vehicle of a religious party's leader in Pakistan's southwestern Quetta city on Thursday evening, officials said.

#5: Five armed Taliban were killed in explosion of their own mine in Ghazni province today.

#6: At least 12 people, including 6 militants and 6 members of the Afghan national security forces were killed following clashes in northern Kunduz province.