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

Friday, July 13, 2012

War News for Friday, July 13, 2012

NATO is reporting the death of an ISAF soldier from an IED blast in an undisclosed location in southern Afghanistan on Friday, July 13th.

Reported security incidents
#1:" An Afghan women's affairs official was killed on Friday when a bomb attached to her vehicle exploded, critically wounding her husband and daughter. "Laghman provincial women's affairs director Hanifa Safi was assassinated as a result of the explosion of a magnetic bomb attached to her vehicle," provincial police chief Abdul Rahman Sarjang told . "Her daughter and husband along with four passersby were wounded."

#2: Six persons including an Awami National Party (ANP) leader were killed while ten others injured when a blast occurred at Kuchlak Bazaar of Quetta Friday morning, Geo News reported. According to police, a blast occurred at Kuchlak Bazaar near the venue of ANP rally and was followed by intense firing that killed six persons including an ANP leader Malik Qasim and eight-year-old boy. Ten persons including ANP’s provincial president Aurangzaib Kasi and his wife were also injured in the blast.

DoD:  Spc. Sterling W. Wyatt