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

Thursday, December 4, 2014

War News for Thursday, December 4, 2014

NATO is reporting the death of an ISAF soldier from an enemy attack an undisclosed location in southern Afghanistan on Wednesday, December 3rd.

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Reported security incidents
#1: At least one person was killed and 10 wounded Thursday in an explosion in Pakistan's Quetta town, media reported. "The bomb was planted in a car near Sabzi Mandi in Quetta town of Balochistan province," Dawn online reported citing police official Imran Qureshi.

#2: A roadside blast apparently targeting a security forces convoy occurred in District Turbat of Balochistan on Thursday. According to police, Frontier Corps convoy was on a routine patrol in a suburban area of Sangani Sarmin in Turbat when suddenly a blast occurred as they approached their camp.

#3: Afghan police backed by the army have killed 53 Taliban militants in a series of operations across the country over the past 24 hours, the Interior Ministry said in a statement released here on Thursday.

#4: A police and three attackers were killed in attack of armed insurgents on a security post in Urozgan province last night. The incident occurred in Anarjou region, Dehraod district while, a group of armed Taliban attacked on a police post. Dost Nayab acting governor spokesman of Urozgan said BNA, in the attack, a police official and three insurgents lost their lives.

#5: At least three Afghan National Army (ANA) soldiers were martyred following roadside bomb explosion, defense officials said Thursday.

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