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

Monday, October 20, 2014

War News for Mondaay, October 20, 2014

Pakistan's PM adviser visits Afghanistan

Reported security incidents
#1-2: Hundreds of Taliban militants have launched two attacks in Logar and central province of Ghor in Afghanistan killing at least four soldiers, said local officials.

#1: In Logar province, at least four soldiers died in the east when fighters attacked security posts, reported the BBC.

#2: In the central province of Ghor, at least 500 Taliban militants attacked two villages where the number of casualties remains unclear.

#3: Suspected separatists in Balochistan killed nine laborers on Sunday in what appeared to be an ethnically motivated attack, officials said.

#4: Two border police forces were martyred following armed oppositions ambush in Pashtoon Koot district, Faryab province. The policemen who were riding motorcycle targeted by Taliban militants in Zard Kotal region of the district.

#5: At least 18 Taliban militants were killed following joint military operations by Afghan national security forces in the past 24 yours.

#6: At least five suspected kidnappers were killed following an operation by Afghan National Army (ANA) commando forces in western Herat province.


Anonymous said...

Who are the soldiers killed..

Cervantes said...

Afghan government spokesmen generally do not identify casualties. It's an interesting question though, I will try to find out if there is an on-site source of this information.

whisker said...

They were ANA not ISAF soldiers.