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, August 31, 2012

War News for Friday, August 31, 2012

Reported security incidents
#1: Insurgent rockets killed five Afghan civilians Thursday while they were waiting on the side of a road for a bus in the east of the country, government officials said. Insurgents appeared to be aiming at a nearby Afghan army base but the rockets missed their target, said the deputy police chief for Logar province, Raeis Khan Rahimzai says another 10 people were wounded by the barrage in Baraki Barak district.
#2: Four private guards were killed and three more wounded after Taliban attack in Bala Balok district of Farah province, police said Thursday. Taliban gunmen attacked a logistic convoy of foreign forces in Gandab area of Bala Balok district, killing four guards and wounding three more, Abdul Rauf Ahmadi, spokesman for police in western Afghanistan, told Afghan Islamic Press (AIP). He said four oil tankers and a heavy transport vehicle was also destroyed in the attack, adding the attackers also suffered casualties but they had no accurate details.

#3: At least 18 militants were killed on Thursday during an operation conducted by security forces in Pakistan's northwestern tribal region of Bajaur agency, local media reported. Local media quoted security forces as saying that two commanders of the Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) were also killed on Thursday during the operation.

AU/DoD: Corporal Mervyn McDonald

AU/DoD: Private Nathanael Galagher