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, September 19, 2012

War News for Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Reported security incidents
#1: On Wednesday, a bomb hidden in a parked motorcycle exploded outside a police training center in western Afghanistan, killing two security guards, said Herat provincial police spokesman, Noor Khan Nikzad. He said six guards were also wounded in the explosion.

#2: A roadside bomb ripped through a passenger bus carrying Shiite Muslim pilgrims in southwestern Pakistan on Tuesday, killing at least two people and wounding about a dozen, officials said. The blast took place in Mastung district, about 25 kilometres south of Quetta, the capital of insurgency-hit Baluchistan province.
#3: A suicide bomber targeted NATO troops in a remote district of Afghanistan near the Pakistan border on Tuesday, wounding three Western soldiers and killing an Afghan civilian, officials said. A spokesman for the US-led International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) confirmed the incident in Watapur district of Kunar province shortly before 5:00 pm (1230 GMT).

#4: Heavy clashes erupted between Afghan police forces and Taliban militant in Kamdish district of eastern Nuristan province early Wednesday morning. The clashes started around 4:30 am local time after several armed Taliban militants attacked Afghan police forces in this province. Provincial security chief Ghulamullah Nuristani confirming the report said a prominent Taliban leader Hayatullah was killed along with eight other Taliban militants during the clashes. Mr. Nuristani further added the clashes took place in government controlled areas after more than 1000 Taliban militants attacked Afghan police forces, and the fighting is still continuing in the area. He also said at least one Afghan police was killed and three others were injured following the incident.

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