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 13, 2010

War News for Monday, December 13, 2010

Iran conducts military exercise near Iraq border

Thousands quit Afghan police force

With New Violence, More Christians Are Fleeing Iraq

As U.S. assesses Afghan war, Karzai a question mark

Reported security incidents

#1: An explosive charge blew up in front of a policeman’s house in the north of Kut city, causing material losses to the house and its neighboring houses, but caused no human casualties, a Wassit police source said on Monday. “An explosive charge blew up earlier today (Monday) in front of a house of a policeman in al-Alban district in Nu’maniya township, 40 km to the north of Kut city, causing material losses to the house and neighboring houses,” the police source told Aswat al-Iraq news agency.

Afghanistan: "The Forgotten War"
#1: Police say a bomb has exploded near a school in northwest Pakistan's main city, killing at least two children. Several other children were wounded in the Monday blast in Peshawar. Police official Shakir Khan says the bus was parked outside a private school. A few children were getting on the bus when the explosion occurred. He says the exact nature of the bomb was not yet clear. The victims were being rushed to the hospital.

A roadside bomb exploded near a school bus in northwest Pakistan's main city on Monday, killing the driver and wounding at least two children, police said.

DoD: Pfc. David D. Finch


Cervantes said...

Information now available on the deaths of 6 U.S. troops yesterday.

"Several suspects have been arrested after a suicide attack killed six American troops when an explosives-packed minibus blew up at the entrance of a joint NATO-Afghan base in southern Afghanistan, officials said Monday."