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, December 2, 2014

War News for Tuesdayy, November 2, 2014

A U.S. Air Force pilot was killed when an F-16 Fighting Falcon crashed in a non-combat-related incident November 30 at approximately 11 p.m. Eastern. The aircraft was returning to its base in the Middle East shortly after take-off. The crash did not occur in Iraq or Syria.

Reported security incidents
#1: An Afghan army officer says that six soldiers have been killed in the north-western province of Badghis after insurgents launched several attacks on guard posts. Gen. Douod Shah Wafa, the commander of the Afghan National Army in the province, says Taliban gunmen used machine guns and rocket-propelled grenades to attack the posts in Bala Murghab district early on Tuesday morning.

#2: In eastern Afghanistan, an official says an American drone killed five insurgents in Shirzad district in Nangahar province.

#3: According to Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR), the fighter jets of Pakistan Air Force (PAF) targeted militant hideouts near Miranshah, the headquarter of NWA, early today and killed 17 militants including some foreigners.

#4: Separately seven militants were killed injured in the gunfight between security forces and militants in Khyber Agency on Tuesday morning. ISPR said that the fighting erupted after about 50-60 militants ambushed a security forces check post in the Akkakhel area of Tirah Valley. The exchange of resulted in the killing of seven militants. Six other militants also sustained injuries in retaliatory action.

#5: In a mine explosion in Kandahar province a police was martyred and four others wounded yesterday. Samim Khepwalk Kandahar acting governor spokesman told BNA, the incident took place in Arghistan district, while police vehicle struck a roadside mine during their patrol.