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, October 3, 2012

War News for Wednesday, October 03, 2012

Reported security incidents
#1: A commander was among four insurgents killed in an airstrike by the International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) in the eastern province of Laghman, officials said on Wednesday. The Taliban commander, Roohullah -- alias Kawoon -- and his associates were killed in the overnight raid in the Shamtak area of Alishang district, the governor’s spokesman, Sarhadi Zwak, told Pajhwok Afghan News.

#2: A man was killed while trying to plant a bomb in an oil tin in Badabar on Tuesday, police said. The explosion occurred in Badabar graveyard where the suspected terrorist tried to plant an improvised explosive device (IED) in an oil tin, allegedly for subversive activities. As a result of the blast, the man was killed on the spot. Police rushed to the area and defused another bomb in the vicinity and started investigation. The identity of the victim could not be ascertained.

#3: Four policemen including an ASI were injured in a militant attack on a security checkpost and police station in Peshawar’s neighbouring Matni area whereas four militants were killed in retaliatory action by security forces , FP News desk reported. Militants carried out a heavy assault on a police station and a security checkpost situated in Peshawar’s neighbouring Matni area injuring four policemen. An assistant sub inspector of the police was also among those injured in the attack. An armoured personnel carrier (APC) of the secuity forces was also damaged in the attack.