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

Monday, November 10, 2014

War News for Monday, November 10, 2014

Bagram Jail Handed Over To Afghan Forces

Reported security incidents
#1: Monday, a suicide bomber killed at least seven local police, including a senior commander, outside the main police station in Logar province, an hour's drive south of Kabul, according to an Afghan Interior Ministry statement.

#2: The second blast targeted a police vehicle carrying police instructors in eastern Jalalabad city, near the border with Pakistan. Three policemen were killed in the attack, caused by explosives hidden under a rickshaw and detonated remotely, officials said. No civilians died, they said.

#3: On Monday, a third explosion caused by a magnet bomb wounded several civilians near a university in a residential part of Kabul. The apparent target of the attack was security forces driving in vehicles, police said.

#4: At least six people were killed during an exchange of fire in Pakistan's North Waziristan region, the military said Monday. The clash took place during a clearance operation late Sunday, Dawn online reported. According to officials, the victims were four militants and two soldiers.

#5: According to national defense ministry press office to BNA, the ANA forces conducted a military operation aiming to clear the regions from existence of insurgents in the outskirts of Shahwalikot district, Kandahar province, in which eight Taliban militants were killed and four others wounded.

#6: The Ministry of Defense (MoD) said the three soldiers were martyred during their security duties. No further details were given regarding the exact location of the incident.

#7: At least 4 Taliban militants were killed following their own car explosion (full of explosive device) in Helmand province late on Sunday.