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

Thursday, November 13, 2014

War News for Thursday, November 13, 2014

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Reported security incidents
#1: Afghan police say a suspected suicide bomber was killed by international forces in eastern Afghanistan on November 13 when he tried to attack a convoy of NATO-led troops. Hazrat Hosein Mashraqiwal, a spokesman for police in Nangarhar Province, said the attacker was killed by foreign troops before he could get close to the convoy

#2: At least five militants were killed Thursday in a clash with fighters belonging to a peace committee in Pakistan's Khyber Agency. According to officials, the Lashkar-i-Islam (LI) militants attacked the Tauheedul Islam peace committee volunteers in the Narai Baba area of Tirah Valley, Dawn online reported.

#3: Hospital officials and eyewitnesses say at least four displaced people and nine police officers have been injured in a clash during which police opened fire as a crowd jostled for rations at a camp in northern Pakistan.

#4: At least one civilian was killed and five others injured in a bomb attack in southern Afghan province of Kandahar on Thursday, police said. The blast took place at around midday at the Spin Boldak District bazaar when an Improvised Explosive Device (IED) planted in a handcart was detonated, killing one and injuring five, the provincial police spokesman Zia Duranni told Xinhua.

#5: Earlier on Thursday morning, three civilians were killed and another injured when an IED went off inside a house in Kandahar city, capital of Kandahar province, Duranni said.

#6: At least two civilians were killed and another injured following an explosion in a market in Shindand district of western Herat province this noon.

#7: At least one civilian was killed following the second suicide attack on NATO forces convoy in eastern Nangarhar province on Thursday. According to local government officials, the incident around noon in Behsud district of Nangarhar province.

#8: At least four Afghan National Army (ANA) soldiers were martyred following roadside Improvised Explosive Device (IED) attack. The Ministry of Defense (MoD) said the four ANA soldiers lost their lives in the past 24 hours. No further details were given regarding the exact location of the incident.