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

Thursday, October 23, 2014

War News for Thursday, October 23, 2014

Taliban Are Rising Again in Afghanistan’s North

Reported security incidents
#1: At least six militants were killed and seven others injured today in fresh clashes between security forces and militants in Pakistan's restive northwestern tribal Khyber region. The latest clash took place in the Sipah area of Bara Tehsil with Operation Khyber I (Khyber one) underway in the region. The operation was formally launched earlier this month.

Meanwhile, two security personnel embraced martyrdom and ten others sustained injuries. The militants killed clashes today were said to belong to banned terror outfit "Lashkar-e-Islam".

#2: Gunmen opened fire at a bus carrying members of a minority Shi’a community in south-western Pakistan on Thursday, killing eight people, police said, in the worse sectarian attack in months. At least five masked attackers riding motorcycles chased the bus on the outskirts of Quetta in restive Balochistan province. They dragged people out and killed them one by one, said police official Imran Qureshi.

#3: Four police were wounded as a car bomb rocked Afghanistan's northern Kunduz city on Thursday, a security official said.

#4: In the latest violent event, a mortar struck a residential area in Gizab district of the southern Uruzgan province on Thursday, injuring four innocent children, a local official said.

#5: At least 5 terrorists were killed and 25 others wounded following clearing operations conducted by Afghan National army forces in Kandahar and Helmand provinces.

#6: A police killed his three colleagues in Helmand province last night. A security source who asks not to be named said BNA, the incident occurred in Marja district, Helmand province.

#7: At least ten Afghan National Army (ANA) soldiers were martyred in the latest wave of violence across the country in the past 24 hours.


anatta said...

without air support the ANA has been taking huge losses..who did not see this coming??

Tired of being there, but the ANA hasn't fled like Iraqi army.

We (US)should have found a way to keep sir support