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

Monday, December 1, 2014

War News for Monday, December 1, 2014

Iraq's army weakened from within by 50,000 'ghost' soldiers

Reported security incidents
#1: Taliban suicide attackers killed the South African leader of a foreign aid group, his son and daughter and an Afghan worker in an assault on the agency's Kabul offices, authorities said Sunday, as the city's police chief resigned in the wake of the latest insurgent attack there.

AFP reports that 46-year-old Werner Groenewald, his 17 year-old-son Jean-Pierre and his 15-year-old daughter Rhode were killed yesterday during a Taliban attack targeting foreigners in Kabul.

#2: An Afghan official says a suicide bomber detonated his payload at a crowded funeral, killing two police and seven civilians. Taj Mohammed Taqwa, chief of the Burka district in the Baghlan province north of Kabul, says the attacker appeared to be targeting police and local officials, including him, who were among some 1,000 people attending Monday's funeral.

#3: Units of police backed by the army have killed 11 Taliban militants during series of operations across the country over the past 24 hours, Interior Ministry said in a statement released here on Monday.

#4: Mine blast target a convoy of Afghan military forces in Logar province today. The incident occurred in Pul-e-Alam city capital of Logar province. A local official of Logar in a contact with BNA said that in the incident, the military forces of Logar and acting governor office have been targeted. He said nothing about the possible losses of the incident.


Cervantes said...

A U.S. F-16 pilot has been killed in a crash in Jordan. Although the Pentagon is saying this was a "non-combat" incident, the plane was on its way to a combat mission -- presumably an attack on IS - when it suffered a mechanical failure, so that's a matter of definition, I would say.