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

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

War News for Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Troops from Hungary, Iceland, Ireland and Italy leaves Afghanistan

Reported security incidents
#1: The gunfight erupted overnight at a checkpost of the paramilitary Frontier Corps (FC) in Shireendara area of Orakzai district, one of Pakistan’s seven semi-autonomous tribal regions on the Afghan border. “More than 50 militants attacked the checkpost. Two soldiers embraced shahadat [martrydom] while 15 terrorists were killed in an exchange of fire,” a senior security official told AFP. He said six soldiers also sustained injuries in the attack, adding that the militants fled after the FC troops retaliated.

#2: Elsewhere, one soldier was killed and another wounded when a roadside bomb went off near their vehicle in the northwestern town of Bannu on Tuesday, a security official said.

#3: Separately, a bomb planted on a roadside in restive Bajaur tribal district’s Chargoo village bordering Afghanistan killed two tribal security force personnel and wounded three others, local government official Sohail Khan told AFP.

#4: At least 10 militants were killed overnight after Afghan army helicopters carried out an airstrike in Kunduz province, an official said on Tuesday.

#5: At least three security personnel who were guarding a polio vaccination team were killed today in a bomb blast in Pakistan's northwestern tribal region.

#6: Jalalabad capital of Nangarhar province came under rocket attack this morning, leaving at least one civilian dead and three others injured.

#7: At least 19 Taliban militants were killed and 11 others were injured following military operations in the past 24 hours.