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 4, 2014

War News for Saturday, October 4, 2014

The DoD is reporting the death of Maj. Jonathan D. Walker, 44, of Merriam who died from a non-combat related incident at at Camp As Sayliyah in Dohar, Qatar on Wednesday, October 1st. He was supporting Operation Enduring Freedom.

True number of UK troops damaged by war in Iraq and Afghanistan could be 75,000

Reported security incidents
#1: A bomb has exploded at a bus station in volatile northwestern Pakistan, killing at least five people. Police said the October 4 attack in the town of Kohat in Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa Province also wounded 18.

#2: Eight people, including a three-year-old girl, were wounded in a remote controlled bombing on Quetta’s Spini Road aimed at a police vehicle passing by the area.

#3: Three consecutive blasts were reported at Gomal Zam Dam Road of Tank in an attack on the vehicle of the Aman Committee was attacked today. According to reports, exchange of firing between the Aman Committee members and terrorists also took place soon after the blasts. No causalities were reported while some of the houses were damaged in the blasts.

#4: a bomb blast in a mosque in Laghman province, an Islamic scholar was killed and a prayer wounded yesterday.

#5: As a result of a mine blast a child was killed in Pul-e-Khumri city, Baghlan province last night.

#6: recent clashes between insurgents and Afghan security forces four armed oppositions were killed in eastern Nuristan province. The clashes occurred last night, while a group of armed rebels attacked on two border police checkpoints on the other side of Durand Line.

#7: Nineteen armed insurgents were killed in operation conducted by ANA forces in three provinces of the country.

DoD: Maj. Jonathan D. Walker, 44, of Merriam