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

Thursday, September 20, 2012

War News for Thursday, September 20, 2012

China donates 100 ambulances to Afghanistan

Reported security incidents
#1: A powerful car bomb apparently targeting a vehicle of the Pakistan Air Force (PAF) near Scheme Chowk on Kohat Road killed 10 people and wounded 34 others.

#2: The units of Afghan national police backed by the army and NATO-led Coalition forces have killed 19 armed Taliban militants and captured 10 others over the past 24 hours, Interior Ministry said in a statement released here Thursday. "Afghan National Police backed by the army and Coalition Forces launched three joint clearance operations in Helmand and Kunduz provinces over the past 24 hours during which 19 armed Taliban were Killed, 22 wounded and 10 others arrested by Police," the statement asserted. However, the statement did not say if there were any casualties on the security forces.

#3: At least three people were killed and six other injured in a blast targeting a police vehicle in Kandahar, a main city in southern Afghanistan on Wednesday night, a provincial government spokesman said.

A deadly explosion rocked southern Kandahar province on Wednesday, killing at least 3 people and injuring five others. Provincial governor spokesman Jawed Faisal confirming the report said the incident took place while a vehicle of the Afghan police forces was crossing the area. Mr. Faisal further added, at least 2 Afghan police officers and an Afghan civilian were killed and five other police officers were injured.

#4: In the meantime unknown gunmen on Wednesday afternoon shot dead two Afghan national police officers and an Afghan civilian in Lashkargah city of southern Helmand province. Helmand provincial governor spokesman Daud Ahmadi said the incident took place around 8:30 pm local time in the central city of Lashkargah.

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