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, October 29, 2012

War News for Monday, October 29, 2012

Reported security incidents
#1: According to local authorities in eastern Ghazni province of Afghanistan, at least 5 Taliban militants were killed and four others were detained following a joint military operation by Afghan and coalition security forces in Ghazni city on Sunday night. Deputy provincial governor Mohammad Ali Ahmadi said the operation was conducted at Qala-e-Ghazi area in eastern Ghazni city on Sunday night and continued until dawn time on Monday.  In the meantme local residents in the area claimed that an Afghan man and woman were also killed following the operation however deputy provincial governor did not confirm the report but said that there was possibility of civilians casualties following the clashes since the Taliban militants were using a residential house to target Afghan and coalition security forces. Another Afghan security official in Ghazni province speaking on the condition of anonymity confirmed the deaths of an Afghan man and woman in the clashes.

#2: According to local authorities in southern Helmand province of Afghanistan, at least two Afghan national army service members were killed following a roadside improvised explosive device blast in Garmser district on Monday.

DoD: Staff Sgt. Kashif M. Memon

DoD: Sgt. Clinton K. Ruiz