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, October 19, 2012

War News for Friday, October 19, 2012

Reported security incidents
#1: An explosion from a roadside bomb tore into a minibus carrying people to a wedding in northern Afghanistan on Friday, leaving 15 dead and 18 wounded, police said. Spokesman Shir Jan Durani said the group was travelling to Dawlat Abad district, about 450 kilometres (270 miles) northwest of the capital, Kabul.

#2: Separately, six football fans died and 36 were wounded on Friday when their bus collided with a fuel tanker on a narrow road about 400 kilometres (240 miles) northwest of the capital, provincial governor Mohammad Aleem Saaie said. The fans were travelling to Kabul for the final round of the country's football championships.

#3: Gunmen have opened fire at a Russian Mi-8 helicopter used by the UTair airlines for UN missions in Afghanistan, police say. The UN-contracted helicopter was attacked between the cities of Jalalabad and Gardez. The bullets hit it four times but the pilot managed to put a sufficient distance between the chopper and the attackers. The crew and passengers got away unscathed.