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

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

War News for Tuesday, October 21, 2014

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Reported security incidents
#1: At least four Afghan soldiers have been killed in a roadside bomb attack on a bus in the capital. General Mohammad Zahir Azimi, spokesman for the Afghan Ministry of Defense, said the blast occurred October 21 while troops were on their way to the ministry in Kabul. Azimi says six more soldiers and six civilians were wounded in the blast, adding that the bomb was detonated by remote control.

#2: Cross-border firing near Pakistan-Afghanistan border in Bajaur Agency this morning has left at least one person dead. The person died in the firing was a civilian. The incident took place when couple of mortar shells were fired from Afghanistan and landed in a house in Charmang Valley. The attack also left the house damaged. Reports say that mortars were fired by the militants, targeting the Pakistani territory.

#3: Three soldiers sustained injuries when the Kunar-based Pakistani Taliban opened fire on them in Mamond tehsil in Bajaur Agency, official sources said on Monday. The sources said militants based in Kunar province of Afghanistan opened fire on the soldiers at the Mamond Ghakhi Pass.

#4: Nearly three dozen Taliban militants have been killed during series of operations across Afghanistan over the past 24 hours, the country's Interior Ministry said in a statement released here on Tuesday.

#5: Five mine planters while they wanted to plant road side mine were killed in Paktika province