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 13, 2014

War News for Monday, October 13, 2014

Reported security incidents
#1: Officials in Afghanistan say a suicide car bomber has struck a NATO convoy in the capital, Kabul, killing one civilian and wounding three others. No casualties among international troops have been reported. The attack took place Monday morning near a housing compound for NATO contractors on the main road leading to Jalalabad.

An Afghan civilian has been killed and three foreigners injured in a suicide bomb attack in the capital Kabul. The three foreign security contractors were travelling in a convoy in the west of the city.

#2: Twenty-one militants were killed in air strikes by jet fighters in North Waziristan and Khyber tribal agencies on Sunday.

#3: A bomb blast launched by militants targeted the vehicle of an advisor to Afghanistan's finance ministry injuring him along with two others in the northern Kunduz city on Monday, police spokesman Sayed Sarwar Hussaini said.

#4: At least three Afghan National Army (ANA) soldiers were martyred following a suicide attack in central Maidan Wardak province on Sunday. According to local government officials, the incident took place in Syedabad district on Sunday afternoon. Provincial governor spokesman, Ataullah Khogyani said the suicide bomber rammed a vehicle-borne improvised explosive device (VBIED) into the convoy of the Afghan National Army (ANA) forces.


Cervantes said...

Taliban ambush a security convoy in Sari Pol, kill 22 soldiers and police. Also (same link) residents of Paktia say a NATO airstrike killed civilians gathering firewood, NATO of course claims the dead were insurgents, as they always do.