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

Saturday, October 11, 2014

War News for Saturday, October 11, 2014

Reported security incidents
#1: Local officials say a suicide blast has killed a soldier and a policeman, and injured three others in Afghanistan's southern province of Helmand. Omar Zwak, a provincial government spokesman said a suicide bomber detonated his explosives at the entrance of the police headquarters on October 11 in the regional capital, Lashkar Gah.

#2: A US drone strike on Saturday killed four suspected militants and left several others injured on the Pak-Afghan border area near Khyber Agency’s Tirah valley. Official sources said that the drone targeted militant hideouts in the Cancharo Kandoa area on the Afghan side.

#3: A roadside bomb blast killed a member of Aman Lashkar (Peace Committee) in the border area of Kohat on Saturday morning, Geo News reported. According to the sources, miscreants had fixed the remote controlled bomb along the road in the border area of Sipah and when the Anam Lashkar member passed through the area, the bomb went off with a blast.

#4: In two roadside mine explosions, at least 14 civilians killed and wounded in Urozgan province yesterday. The incidents took place, while two roadside mines separately targeted civilians’ vehicles in Chora district, Urozgan province yesterday.

#5: At least three insurgents were killed and eight others wounded following clashes which carried out between Taliban militants and Afghan security forces in Urozgan province. The clashes occurred, while Afghan National Army forces attacked on insurgents’ hideout in Gyzab district, Urozgan province last night.

#6: At least 33 rockets were fired in eastern Kunar province of Afghanistan in the latest wave of cross-border shelling from the other side of Durand Line. According to local officials in Kunar, the shelling started late Friday night and continued until Saturday morning.

#7: A senior Taliban leader was killed following a drone strike in western Herat province of Afghanistan, local officials said Saturday.


Dancewater said...

In the past week, Obama has bombed Afghanistan, Pakistan, Syria and Iraq. We are at war with four countries, none of which attacked the USA or threatened us.

It is beyond sick.

Last month, a veteran from the war in Afghanistan, Jacob George, committed suicide. I barely knew him, but a lot of my friends did know him well. I was looking back at his Facebook page over the past couple of years, and one thing that struck me was how much his little niece loved her 'Uncle Possum' and how often her mother commented on this. Poor kid must be devastated that her favorite uncle killed himself at age 32.

And that is what makes me so angry about war.... the suffering of little children. I have tried so hard over the last 13 years to turn this country around, but the people of the USA are determined to stay on this immoral, evil course that will only devastate little children.

And the suffering of American children is a very tiny fraction of the suffering of foreign children.

Some day, there will be a reckoning. We will pay for this evil that we have visited on the world.

Sonya Pina said...

It is the commander in chief that is committed this evil on the world. I agree with you whole heartily. Our president has depleted our defences and has cut everything but his vacations. I have my fiancee still in Afghanistan fighting a useless war he has been deployed for 19 months . Please keep up reporting .