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, February 6, 2012

War News for Monday, February 06, 2012

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Reported security incidents
#1: A bomb in southern Afghanistan has killed a child and injured three others, a government spokesman said Monday. The bomb was hidden in a motorbike parked near a market in Dehrawod district of Uruzgan province, Farid Ayel said. 'Bomb went off last night, killing a underage girl and injuring three other boys,' Ayel said, adding that the intended target was apparently foreign troops.

#2: The government in Islamabad says a military convoy struck a roadside bomb in northwestern Pakistan on February 5, killing one soldier. Another 12 Pakistani soldiers were injured when militants opened fire on the convoy after the explosion in the Kurram tribal area. Khan said the convoy had been dispatched to provide reinforcements to the Sheendand area of Kurram, where militants had set up a hideout. It was not immediately clear whether any miitants were killed or wounded in the clash.

#3: Afghan and foreign forces killed six insurgents and detained 19 in Kandahar, Helmand, Uruzgan, Daikundi and Khost provinces over the past 24 hours, the interior ministry said in a statement.

#4: A homemade bomb exploded next to a Pakistani military vehicle in the Alizai area of the northwestern Kurram tribal region, near the Afghanistan border, killing a soldier and wounding ten others, security officials said.

DoD: Brig. Gen. Terence J. Hildner