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, April 11, 2012

War News for Wednesday, April 011, 2012

Injured aid worker on road to recovery

Supply route closure impedes Afghan withdrawal

Attacks Attest to Afghan Insurgents’ Spring Offensive

Reported security incidents
#1: Sarhadi Zewak, a spokesman for Laghman province, said the head of Dawlat Shahi district, died Wednesday when his motorcycle hit a roadside bomb. He was on his way to his office with a school headmaster, who was injured in the explosion, Zewak said.

#2: Separately, the Helmand provincial governor's office said three local Afghan policemen were killed in Musa Qala district on Tuesday when a suicide bomber on a motorcycle blew himself up near their vehicle. The three were responding to an earlier attack that killed four policemen at the district police headquarters building.

#3: Five Taliban militants have been killed and 18 others detained in different Afghan provinces within the past 24 hours, the country's Interior Ministry said on Wednesday. "Five armed Taliban insurgents killed and 18 other suspects captured during eight cleanup operations launched by police, army and international coalition forces in Kabul, Nangarhar, Baghlan, Helmand, Wardak, and Badakhshan provinces over the past 24 hours," the ministry said in a statement.