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

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

War News for Wednesday, November 12, 2014

RAF Tornados complete Afghan combat mission

Reported security incidents
#1: A suspected U.S. drone strike on a sprawling Taliban hideout in a northwestern tribal region bordering Afghanistan killed six militants yesterday, two intelligence officials said.

#2: Two civilians were killed and another injured in an explosion in Shindand town in Afghanistan's western Herat province Wednesday, police spokesman Abdul Rauf Ahmadi said.

#3: At least 19 militants including some top commanders were killed on Wednesday and five of their hideouts were destroyed in aerial strikes by Pakistani military jets in volatile Khyber Agency in the country’s northwest tribal region.

#4: At least five policemen were killed when some unidentified insurgents attacked a police check point in the northern Afghan province of Badakhshan overnight, police said on Wednesday morning.

#5: French inmate was critically injured after he was stabbed by another prisoner in a jail in northern Faryab province yesterday. Head of Maimana city prison, Sardar Mohammad confirmed that the French national was employee of Red Cross and critically injured by another prisoners following the attack. The employee of the Red Cross wounded while he wanted to distribute winter cloths to inmates of the prison Mohammad further added that the assailant was identified as Arsalan who confessed for attacking the French inmate.