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, November 23, 2012

War News for Friday, November 23, 2012

Reported security incidents
#1: A suicide car bomber killed three people and wounded dozens near a NATO-run training base on Friday, in an attack claimed by the Taliban as revenge for the execution of its militants. Several NATO soldiers were lightly wounded, a spokesman for the US-led International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) said, without giving further details. A police spokesman said the blast was near "a joint coordination office" for the Afghan army, police and NATO troops in Maidan Shar, the capital of Wardak province, some 50 kilometres (30 miles) from Kabul. The base is close to the provincial governor's office and two of his bodyguards were among the dead, his spokesman Shahidullah Shahid told AFP. Ninety people were wounded, 75 men, 11 women and four children."

#2: Unidentified gunmen shot dead the deputy intelligence chief of Shindand district on Thursday.
The armed motorcyclists gunned down Tajuddin, deputy intelligence chief of Shindand, near the district bazaar, the Shindand police chief Ghulam Sakhi Hussaini told the Afghan Islamic Press (AIP).

#3: In a separate incident, a woman was killed and two minors were injured when their vehicle struck an IED in Sanoghan area of Shindand district today, an official told the AIP. The victims belonged to a cop’s family, he maintained.

#4: Two police constables were killed after militants attacked a police and paramilitary force-manned Speen Qabar checkpost of Badhaber police on Thursday, officials said. They said some 50 militants carrying RPG-7 rockets and medium-range machineguns attacked the post jointly manned by the police and Frontier Constabulary (FC). It is the first time the militants attacked a checkpost during the day. DSP Fazal Mulla told reporters two cops had been killed in the attack. In the surprise ambush, the attackers killed Rehman Wali inside the post while Shamsur Rehman went missing and was later found dead.