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

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

War News for Wednesday, October 1, 2014

German soldiers 'stranded' in Afghanistan as more planes breakdown

Reported security incidents
#1: Two suicide bombers attacked military buses in the Afghan capital Kabul killing at least seven people and wounding more than 20 early on Wednesday. The first attacker hit a bus with Afghan National Army officers, killing seven and wounding 15 in west Kabul, said Kabul criminal investigation police chief Mohammad Farid Afzali. The second attacker, who was also on foot, blew himself up in front of a second bus in northeast Kabul, wounding additional army personnel, Afzali said.

#2: A polio team was attacked on Wednesday in the Khanpur area of Rahim Yar Khan, Express News reported. Police arrived at the scene and arrested a school teacher, identified as Ashraf, who reportedly led the attack. The polio team halted immunisation activities in the area following the incident.

#3: A hand grenade exploded in a crowded barbershop in southwest Pakistan on Wednesday, killing at least three people and wounding 10 others in what police said was probably an ethnically-targeted attack. The blast occurred in the main market of Quetta, capital of the restive Baluchistan province

#4: A fighter jet of Pakistan Air Force (PAF) crashed on the outskirts of Quetta on Wednesday, however, pilot remained safe in the accident, Pakistan Tribune reported.

#5: At least six civilians were injured following an explosion in northern Kunduz province of Afghanistan on Wednesday. Proivncial police spokesman, Sarwar Hussaini, said the explosion took place due to a magnetic improvised explosive device (IED) planted in a police vehicle.