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 8, 2014

War News for Saturday, November 8, 2014

Putin: Ready to support Afghanistan after NATO exit

Reported security incidents
#1: Late Friday night, militants attacked security forces in the Spin Qamar region of the tribal area, 50 kilometers (30 miles) northwest of Peshawar, the capital of Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa province, government administrator Khalid Khan said. The gun battle raged for several hours and soldiers found the 17 bodies, all identified as militants, early Saturday morning in three different locations, Khan said.

#2: At least six people were killed and four others injured on Friday night in twin blasts in Pakistan 's northwestern tribal region of Mohmand Agency, local media reported. According to the report, the first blast hit two members of the pro-government Peace Committee, who were riding on a motorcycle in the Chinari village of Safi Tehsil at the border with Afghanistan.

#3: Four Taliban militants were killed and seven others sustained injuries as a car bomb went off outside Helmand's provincial capital Lashkar Gah 555 km south of Kabul on Saturday, provincial police chief Juma Gul Humat said. "A group of Taliban militants driving an explosive-laden car planned to detonate it in the provincial capital Lashkar Gah, but the car exploded accidentally in Mukhtar Qala area outside the provincial capital at around 11:00 a.m. local time today," Humat told Xinhua.

#4: At least 23 militants were killed following military operations led by Afghan National Army (ANA) forces, the Ministry of Defense (MOD) said.