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, September 24, 2012

War News for Monday, September 24, 2012

Taliban outflank US war strategy

Ancient site needs saving not destroying

Reported security incidents
#1: About 28 Taliban militants were killed and 54 others detained in different Afghan provinces within the past 24 hours, the country's Interior Ministry said Monday morning. "Afghan National Police (ANP), Afghan army and NDS or intelligence agency supported by the NATO-led coalition forces, launched nine joint clearance operations in Nangarhar, Baghlan, Kandahar, Zabul, Wardak, Ghazni, Ghor, Helmand and Nimroz provinces, killing 28 armed Taliban insurgents and detaining 54 others during the past 24 hours," the ministry said in a statement providing daily operational updates.
#2: Five persons including three policemen and two prisoners were injured when a blast occurred near a police vehicle at Shakai Interchange in Nowshera Monday morning, Geo News reported. According to police, a police mobile was carrying prisoners to court when a remote controlled bomb, targeting the vehicle, exploded at Shakai Interchange near motorway. As a result of explosion, three policemen were injured while two prisoners also received injuries. The injured were shifted to the hospital where they were given the first aid.

MoD: Sergeant Jonathan Eric Kups