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

Saturday, November 15, 2014

War News for Saturday, November 15, 2014

NATO is reporting the death of an ISAF soldier from an enemy attack an undisclosed location in northern Afghanistan on Friday, November 14th.

Reported security incidents
#1: Three Georgian soldiers serving in a peacekeeping mission in Afghanistan were injured in a suicide bomb attack. Georgia’s Ministry of Defence released a statement Nov.15 that said three members of the Georgian Armed Forces were patrolling the Bagram Air Base territory when a suicide bomber blew himself up.

#2: At least three Afghan border policemen and 10 militants were killed after Taliban militants attacked security checkpoints in the country's eastern province of Kunar Saturday morning, police said.

Hundreds of armed Taliban attacked on military and civil foundations of Nari district, Kunar province this morning. According to reports, clashes continue between assailants and military forces in several regions of Nari district. Eyewitness said that hundreds of Pakistani and Afghan Taliban militants are involved in the attack.

#3: At least six militants were killed and eight others captured on Saturday during raids in Pakistan's restive southwestern Balochistan province. "The raids took place in the mountainous region of Bolan district where insurgents and militants are believed to have safe hide outs," a security official said.

#4: Three armed commanders of Taliban were killed in clashes of ANA forces in Kapisa province the other day. Qari Sharbat, Qari Neyazullah and Qri Shaker were targeted by ANA forces in different parts of Tagab district and lost their lives. Eight people affiliated to Taliban group were also wounded in the clashes.

#5: former provincial representative of Herat and one of prominent Islamic scholar in the west of the country was killed by unknown gunmen late yesterday night. Shaikh Azisullah Najafi targeted by unknown gunmen and lost his life in Herat city.

#6: At least five militants were killed following a US drone strike in eastern Kunar province on Friday, local security officials said Saturday.

#7: At least 40 Taliban militants were killed and 10 others were injured following military operations in the past 24 hours.