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 25, 2014

War News for Tuesday, November 25, 2014

NATO is reporting the deaths of two ISAF soldiers from an enemy attack an undisclosed location in eastern Afghanistan on Monday, November 24th. News reports that either a magnetic or a roadside bombing attack was carried out in Kabul killing two American soldiers and wounding an undetermined number of civilians.

Reported security incidents
#1: Early on Tuesday, a remote-controlled bomb exploded on the city's outskirts as a bus carrying Afghan army personnel passed by, said Zahir Azimi, a spokesman for the Afghan defence ministry. Seven of the bus passengers were injured.

#2: A later blast shook houses in the Wazir Akbar Khan area of the city, which is home to embassies, international media offices and aid groups, but there were no casualties, police said. a grenade blast in the diplomatic quarter caused no casualties but led to the arrest of a suspect, officials said.

#3: At least three militants were killed and several others reported injured in US drone attack here on late on Monday. Sources said that unmanned US spy plane targeted a compound in Nazian area near Pak-Afghan border. Four missiles were fired on the compound resultantly it was razed to ground.

#4: In another blast which occurred at 05:00 p.m. local time in Dasht-e-Archi district of the northern Kunduz province on Monday six persons, all civilians, were killed and five others injured, police said. "Anti-government militants placed explosive device inside the cavities of a motorbike and exploded it in the bazaar of Dasht-e- Archi district at around 05:00 p.m. local time Monday as a result six civilians were killed and five others injured," police spokesman in the province Sayed Sarwar Hussaini told reporters.

#5: 37 armed oppositions were killed following several clearing operations led by Afghan security forces in different parts of the country in the last 24 hours.

#6: At least three policemen martyred in a roadside mine explosion in Logar province this morning.
Deen Mohammad Darwaish Logar Acting governor spokesperson reported BNA; the incident took place while national police forces went to Dehnaw district to investigate the death case of Haji Den Mohammad Nabi a tribal elder of Mohammad Agha district. Darwaish added, their vehicle hit a roadside bomb while returning from the mentioned district and caused martyring of 3 police.

#7: Mine blast in Maiwand district of Kandahar province killed 2   Afghan National Army (ANA) soldiers and wounded 4 others.