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 30, 2014

War News for Thursday, October 30, 2014

French staff sergeant killed in Mali clash

Reported security incidents
#1: At least four militants were killed today when a US drone struck their compound in northwestern Pakistan's restive tribal region bordering Afghanistan, officials said.

#2: Eight soldiers were killed in a clash with militants in restive northwest, officials said Wednesday, as security forces carried out a clearance operation. “Eight soldiers embraced shahadat (martyrdom) during fierce fighting and exchange of fire with terrorists,” a local security official based in Peshawar told AFP. He said that 21 militants were also killed.

#3: About six Afghan soldiers and 19 militants have been killed across Afghanistan within the past 24 hours, the country's Defense Ministry said on Thursday afternoon.

An insurgent was killed and four others wounded in an operation conducted by security forces in Nangarhar province last night.

#4: A foreign soldier was wounded while a suicide bomber attacked on foreign troops in Bargram today.

#5: At least three Taliban militants were blown up by explosives in southern Kandahar province of Afghanistan on Thursday. According to local government officials, the incident took place around 7;00 am local time while the Taliban militants were busy planting Improvised Explosive Device (IED).