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 8, 2014

War News for Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Reported security incidents
#1: A roadside bomb exploded in northwest Pakistan on Wednesday killing an off-duty polio vaccinator and his relative while wounding another worker, officials said. The blast occurred in the Ali Nagar village of the Mohammad tribal district along the Afghan border where Taliban militants are active.

#2: Pakistani intelligence officials say a suspected U.S. drone strike on a Taliban compound in the North Waziristan tribal region has killed at least four militants. Two intelligence officials say two missiles hit the compound of a suspected Taliban commander in the village of Mangorthi, in the Shawal area. The officials spoke only on condition of anonymity because of the sensitivity of the matter.

#3: An Afghan official says a suicide car bomber has killed at least five people in an attack that targeted a former district police chief in southern Helmand province. Omar Zwak, spokesman for Helmand’s provincial governor, says the bomber detonated his explosives-laden vehicle near the house of the former police chief in Lashkar Gah, the provincial capital, on Wednesday.Five people were killed in the explosion. Zwak says the former police chief and 18 others were wounded in the attack.

#4: Pul-e-Khomri (BNA) Chairman of board of Baghlan  Markazi district, Baghlan province  Haji Abdul Ahad survived assassination today. Ghowhar Khan Babordi governor of Baghlan Markazi district, Baghlan province said BNA a magnetic mine was planted by enemies of peace and security in a vehicle of Haji Abdul Ahad, chairman of board of Baghlan Markzai district, before reaching to the target, discovered and prevented from a bloody and terrorist event. 

#5: Nangarhar police spokesman said BNA, the clash took place while armed Taliban targeted security posts of Peachagram district, Nangarhar province in which Haji Zewar and Qari Hamid two ring-leaders of armed rebels killed and 6 others were wounded. The Source added, there were no casualties among Afghan security forces and civilians in the clashes.

#6: In the conflict-ridden Afghanistan, 20 armed militants have given up fighting and 19 others have lost their lives in clash with security forces over the past 24 hours.