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 4, 2014

War News for Tuesday, November 4, 2014

Reported security incidents
#1: Armed militants killed a tribal leader in Balochistan’s Noshki district on Monday. Levies sources said militants on a motorcycle opened fire at Sardarzada Wali Khan Mengal and killed him on the spot.

#2: Two bomb blasts killed four people on Tuesday in a restive northwestern Pakistani tribal area where the army is fighting militants, officials said. The bombs went off at Painda Cheena village in the lawless Khyber tribal district, where the army is mounting an operation against the Taliban and other militant groups. In the first bombing two paramilitary soldiers and a civilian were killed, while the second blast, at the same place, killed another civilian during rescue work.

#3: An explosion has been reported in eastern Paktia province, Gardiz city late on Monday, leaving 4 people dead and 27 others injured. Col. Zalmai Oryakhail police chief of the province reported BNA, the explosion took place, while improvised explosive device placed in a shop in-front of Azizi Bank in Gardiz city center of the province yesterday evening.

#4: At least two civilians were injured in Kunar province in the latest wave of cross-border shelling from the other side of Durand Line. According to local government officials, at least 17 rockets were fired in Dangam district late on Monday night.

#5: At least four Afghan National Army (ANA) soldiers were martyred in the latest spate of violence across the country. The Ministry of Defense (MoD) said Tuesday that the soldiers were martyred following improvised explosive device (IED) explosion and direct enemy fire.