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

Wednesday, January 11, 2012

War News for Wednesday, January 11, 2011

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FACTBOX-Security developments in Iraq, January 11. Jan. 10th.

Reported security incidents
#1: 'A suicide bomber blew himself up inside the Kandahar police headquarters while General Abdul Razzaq was still there,' Rahmatullah Atrafi, the provincial deputy police chief, told dpa. This is the second time General Razzaq has been targeted since he became the police chief last year after a suicide bomber killed his predecessor General Khan Mohammad Mujahid. 'Only the bomber was killed. No one was injured in the attack,' Atrafi said of Wednesday's bombing. However, according to an official at Kandahar Hospital, one Afghan policeman injured in the attack was taken to hospital.

#2: The U.S. carried out its first drone strike into Pakistan since errant November airstrikes by U.S. forces killed two dozen Pakistani troops along the Afghan border. The latest missile attack killed four militants, three of them Arabs, according to Pakistani intelligence officials. The drone strike took place Tuesday near Miran Shah in North Waziristan, an al-Qaida and Taliban stronghold that has been pounded by the U.S. since the drone program began in earnest in 2009.

#3: A bomb exploded in a market in the town of Landi Kotal in the northwestern Khyber tribal region, wounding six people, local security officials said.

#4: Afghan police in conjunction with national army and the NATO-led troops have killed 10 Taliban insurgents and captured 40 others over the past 24 hours, a statement of Interior Ministry released here Wednesday said.

#5: According to local authorities in eastern Afghanistan, at least 15 people were killed and injured following a missile attack on Afghan National Army base at Mandakol in eastern Kunar province. The officials further added, the incident took place around 1:00 pm local time on Tuesday. Provincial public health administration chief Dr. Asadullah Fazli said, at least 14 injured individuals and 1 dead body have been taken to the provincial hospital. Dr. Fazli further added, the deceased person is a member of the Afghan national army. He also said, at least 2 Afghan civilians and 12 Afghan national army soldiers were among those injured during the incident.

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