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

Saturday, March 31, 2012

War News for Saturday, March 31, 2012

NATO supplies resumption & implications

Afghanistan presses for answers on long-term U.S. military bases

Robert Fisk: Watch us lead the UN donkey up the Khyber

U.S. drones attack militants in Pakistan, Yemen

In Afghanistan, Businesses Plan Their Own Exits

Reported security incidents
#1: Five militants were killed by police in a clash after the Taliban launched an attack on a check point in the eastern Afghan province of Nuristan, the country's Interior Ministry said on Saturday. "Five Taliban militants, including a senior commander of the insurgents namely Mullah Abdul Rahim, were killed after the Afghan National Police (ANP) repelled their attack on a police check point in Kamdish district of Nuristan province Friday night," the ministry said in a statement. Four militants were also injured in the clash while there were no casualties on the ANP, the statement added.

#2: Afghan Interior Ministry following a press release on Saturday announced, at least 9 insurgents were killed and detained and following military operations by Afghan national police during the past 24 hours. At least 25 insurgents were also detained by Afghan police forces during the military operations. The source further added, the operations were conducted jointly with the Afghan national army, Afghan intelligence and international coalition security forces at Kabul, Kunduz, Kandahar, Helmand, Nimroz, Logar, Ghazni, Khost and Paktia provinces of Afghanistan.

#3: A number of armed insurgents ambushed Afghan and NATO-led International Security Assistance Forces in eastern Kapisa province on Thursday. According to a statement released by International Security Assistance Force on Friday, Afghan and coalition security forces were attacked while in the vicinity of a combat outpost in Tagab district, Kapisa province, yesterday. The source further added, insurgents fired multiple mortar rounds targeting the forces. The rounds landed in a nearby compound killing one woman and wounding three children.

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