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 5, 2014

War News for Wednesday, November 5, 2014

US military watchdog says army lost 420M dollars worth of equipment in Afghanistan

Reported security incidents
#1: Security forces killed five militants and destroyed four of their hideouts in Tirah Valley of Khyber Agency on Wednesday. According to security sources targeted militant hideouts in  Drewand, Aarinam Wanra, and Zor kaley areas of Tirah Valley, killing five militants.

#2: In the latest violent event, five children were injured as a bomb exploded in Rustaq district of the northern Takhar province on Wednesday, police said.

#3: Meanwhile, security forces in operations against Taliban militants have killed 28 insurgents and injured 47 others over the past 24 hours, Interior Ministry said in a statement released here Wednesday.

#4: A group of Taliban militants launched coordinated attack on government compound in Shindand district of western Herat province late on Tuesday. Security officials confirmed that heavy gun battle continue between the Afghan forces and Taliban militants.