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 27, 2014

War News for Monday, October 27, 2014

The DoD is reporting the deaath of Cmdr. Christopher E. Kalafut, who died from a non-combat related incident at Al Udeid Air Base, Doha, Qatar on Friday, October 24th. He was was supporting Operation Enduring Freedom.

U.S., British Troops End Combat Role in Afghanistan’s Helmand Province

Reported security incidents
#1: General Abdul Qadir Sayad, deputy police chief in Badakhshan province said on Sunday that a large number of insurgents simultaneously attacked several checkpoints in Wardoj district late on Saturday, and that at least four police officers had died while another seven were injured.

#2: Eighteen militants were killed when the Pakistan Air Force fighter aircraft hit their hideouts in the troubled Khyber Agency, official sources said on Sunday.

#3: A group of suicide bombers stormed the office of prosecuting attorney in Kunduz provincial capital, the northern Kunduz city, 250 km north of Kabul on Monday, casualties feared, provincial police spokesman Sayed Sarwar Hussaini said.

#4: Afghan security forces have pressed on to clear the militants in restive provinces and killed 27 militants in the latest operations, the country's Interior Ministry said Monday.

#5: Two rocket shells landed in Kabul city, but fortunately had no casualties following the shelling.

#6: Four armed insurgents were killed and six others wounded in clashes with police forces in Faryab province last night.