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

Saturday, October 6, 2012

War News for Saturday, October 06, 2012

Reported security incidents
#1: At least five persons were killed in clashes between (Aman Lashkar) volunteers of a pro-government tribal militia and militants in the Aka Khel area of Bara Tehsil of Khyber Agency. Security officials said that a group of militants had attacked the peace lashkar volunteers at the Akakhel area of Bara early in the morning on Saturday, killing five members. Later, the peace lashkar went on a retaliation hunt and shot dead six militants.

#2: Three insurgents planning to carry out suicide attacks were killed Friday in a joint Afghan-NATO military operation in the central province of Maidan Wardak, an official said on Saturday.

#3: A junior commissioned officer of the Frontier Corps was killed and a soldier injured as a result of alleged firing by personnel of Afghan security forces in border areas of Mohmand Agency. Officials said personnel of Afghan security forces opened fire at personnel of Pakistani security forces at Gorapari checkpost in Baezai area of Mohmand Agency late on Thursday. A subedar (junior commissioned officer) of Frontier Corps was killed and a soldier injured. In retaliation, the security forces also started firing on their counterparts from Afghanistan, forcing them to cease fire.

#4: 9 Taliban rebels were killed in NATO air attack in Kandahar province this morning. These rebels were targeted by air forces of NATO in Panjwai district and killed. BNA quoting from NATO press statement said, nine armed Taliban including their commanders were killed in this operation.

#5: Afghan police and army, backed by the NATO-led coalition forces, have killed 37 Taliban militants in six cleanup operations within the past 24 hours, the Afghan Interior Ministry said Saturday morning. "Another four armed Taliban insurgents were wounded and 31 others were arrested by the joint forces during the raids launched in Kabul, Faryab, Kandahar, Zabul, Wardak and Helmand provinces," the ministry said in a statement presenting morning operational updates to the media.