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, October 30, 2014

War News for Thursday, October 30, 2014

French staff sergeant killed in Mali clash

Reported security incidents
#1: At least four militants were killed today when a US drone struck their compound in northwestern Pakistan's restive tribal region bordering Afghanistan, officials said.

#2: Eight soldiers were killed in a clash with militants in restive northwest, officials said Wednesday, as security forces carried out a clearance operation. “Eight soldiers embraced shahadat (martyrdom) during fierce fighting and exchange of fire with terrorists,” a local security official based in Peshawar told AFP. He said that 21 militants were also killed.

#3: About six Afghan soldiers and 19 militants have been killed across Afghanistan within the past 24 hours, the country's Defense Ministry said on Thursday afternoon.

An insurgent was killed and four others wounded in an operation conducted by security forces in Nangarhar province last night.

#4: A foreign soldier was wounded while a suicide bomber attacked on foreign troops in Bargram today.

#5: At least three Taliban militants were blown up by explosives in southern Kandahar province of Afghanistan on Thursday. According to local government officials, the incident took place around 7;00 am local time while the Taliban militants were busy planting Improvised Explosive Device (IED).

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

War News for Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Reported security incidents
#1: At least three Afghan National Army (ANA) soldiers were killed in separate Improvised Explosive Device (IED) attacks in the past 24 hours.
#2: The Pakistani army has killed 20 suspected militants and wounded eight in fresh airstrikes in the northwestern Khyber Agency tribal area Wednesday, officials said. A senior military official speaking on condition of anonymity told Anadolu Agency that army gunship helicopters had pounded four militant hideouts in the Akakhel area of the remote Tirah valley, near the Afghan border Wednesday morning, killing at least 20 Taliban militants.

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

War News for Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Reported security incidents
#1: Taliban militants have reportedly attacked a court in northern Afghanistan killing at least seven people including prosecutors, who they shot in their offices at close range. The attack took place in Kunduz, a city that the militants have encircled in recent weeks and attempted to storm but without success, reported the Dawn.

#2: Unidentified gunmen today shot dead a member of anti-Taliban peace committee in northwestern Pakistan's Swat district.

#3: At least 33 terrorists were killed during two different air strikes conducted as part of the ongoing Operation Zarb-e-Azb in North Waziristan Agency on Monday.

#4; In a separate incident on Monday, at least nine soldiers were injured when militants targeted a security forces vehicle with an improvised explosive device (IED) in Charmang Tehsil of Bajaur Agency. The injured included seven Frontier Corps (FC) personnel and two Levies men.

#4: Armed Taliban killed four policemen and abducted several others in an attack on their security posts in Wardoj district of Badakhshan province.

#5: A group of militants have launched attack on police check post located close to the provincial police headquarter in western Herat province of Afghanistan. According to Ministry of Interior (MoI) officials, the militants were riding motorcycle when they opened fire on a check post near the police headquarter. Officials in Herat city hospital have confirmed that two dead bodies of policemen along with seven injured civilians were taken to the hospital so far.

#6: At least 24 Taliban militants were killed and two others were injured following military operations by Afghan national security forces in the past 24 hours.

#7: At least three Afghan National Army (ANA) soldiers were martyred in separate Improvised Explosive Device (IED) attacks in the past 24 hours.

Monday, October 27, 2014

War News for Monday, October 27, 2014

The DoD is reporting the deaath of Cmdr. Christopher E. Kalafut, who died from a non-combat related incident at Al Udeid Air Base, Doha, Qatar on Friday, October 24th. He was was supporting Operation Enduring Freedom.

U.S., British Troops End Combat Role in Afghanistan’s Helmand Province

Reported security incidents
#1: General Abdul Qadir Sayad, deputy police chief in Badakhshan province said on Sunday that a large number of insurgents simultaneously attacked several checkpoints in Wardoj district late on Saturday, and that at least four police officers had died while another seven were injured.

#2: Eighteen militants were killed when the Pakistan Air Force fighter aircraft hit their hideouts in the troubled Khyber Agency, official sources said on Sunday.

#3: A group of suicide bombers stormed the office of prosecuting attorney in Kunduz provincial capital, the northern Kunduz city, 250 km north of Kabul on Monday, casualties feared, provincial police spokesman Sayed Sarwar Hussaini said.

#4: Afghan security forces have pressed on to clear the militants in restive provinces and killed 27 militants in the latest operations, the country's Interior Ministry said Monday.

#5: Two rocket shells landed in Kabul city, but fortunately had no casualties following the shelling.

#6: Four armed insurgents were killed and six others wounded in clashes with police forces in Faryab province last night.

Sunday, October 26, 2014

News of the Day for Sunday, October 26, 2014

British forces hand over Camp Bastion in Helmand province to Afghan troops, ending the United Kingdom's 13 years of combat in Afghanistan. A total of 435 British troops lost their lives in the campaign. Only a few hundred British troops will remain in the country after Christmas, at the officers' training academy.

U.S. Marines also hand over control of Camp Leatherneck. However, NATO forces will continue to secure the perimeters of the two bases until further orders. There are still about 34,000 coalition forces in Afghanistan but that number is steadily decreasing. The United States plans to keep about 9,800 troops in the country next year.

In a sign of cultural change, an Afghan mullah is sentenced to prison for the rape of a 10 year old girl. However, women's rights advocates say the perpetrator would likely have escaped punishment had the trial not been transferred from Kunduz to Kabul. " Rape is often treated as adultery in Afghanistan, and victims can face prison themselves."

Eight police are killed in a Taliban attack in northeastern Badakshan province. The fighting continues, and tens of soldiers are said to be missing as the Taliban control most of the Warduj district. The Taliban have yet to comment.

Pakistani missiles destroy three houses in Kunar.

Soldiers demonstrate in front of the National Assembly, saying they have received no salary for six months.

In Iraq, Iraqi and Kurdish forces (note we're no longer pretending they're the same thing) make gains against IS with U.S. air support. With the help of 22 air strikes on Friday and Saturday, Kurdish forces regained the town of Zumar, encountering fierce resistance and suffering seven dead. Iraqi forces say they retook Jurf al-Sakhar.

Saturday, October 25, 2014

War News for Saturday, October 25, 2014

Lance Cpl. Sean P. Neal, 19, of Riverside, California, died Oct. 23, in Baghdad, Iraq, from a non-combat related incident. The incident is under investigation.

Reported security incidents
#1: A relatively heavy explosion rocked capital Kabul late Friday night after a rocket landed in Wazir Mohammad Akbar Khan area of the city. There are no reports regarding the casualties so far.

#2: At least 37 Taliban militants were killed and 55 others were injured following military operations in the past 24 hours.

Friday, October 24, 2014

War News for Friday, October 24, 2014

Afghanistan Poppy Crop Hits Record High

Two Afghan districts, bordering with Tajikistan, can move under control of Taliban

Russian Held in Afghanistan to Stand Trial in US: Reports

Reported security incidents
#1: Afghan police say five people were killed and two were wounded when gunmen opened fire on a car in an attack in one of the country's eastern provinces. Friday's attack took place in Nangahar province as seven civilians were travelling through Khogyani district early in the morning.

#2: Pakistani and Iranian forces have exchanged mortar fire along their porous border.Pakistani officials said Iran fired six mortar shells, which landed near the border town of Mashkail. Pakistan is then thought to have fired back, BBC reported on oct.24.

#3: Operation Khyber 1 is successfully continued in district Bara and Tirah in Khyber Agency. In the duration of eight days since the operation commenced, at least 60 militants got killed and more than 25 injured whereas more than 100 militants including a key commander surrendered to the security forces. 3 security forces’ officers have also been martyred whereas 12 got injured. 6000 families have migrated to fetch for safe havens.

#4: At least three people were killed and 30 others injured when a suicide bomber blew up himself near a vehicle of a religious party's leader in Pakistan's southwestern Quetta city on Thursday evening, officials said.

#5: Five armed Taliban were killed in explosion of their own mine in Ghazni province today.

#6: At least 12 people, including 6 militants and 6 members of the Afghan national security forces were killed following clashes in northern Kunduz province.