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 30, 2012

War News for Friday, November30, 2012

Senate backs accelerated withdrawal of US forces from Afghanistan

US special envoy to Pakistan and Afghanistan to retire

Reported security incidents
#1: A bomb (Thursday) blast killed two civilians at a park in Khost, about 150 kilometers (90 miles) south of the capital, Kabul, said Jabar Nahimi, governor of Khost province in eastern Afghanistan. Eight others were wounded in the blast, including four women and a child, he said.

#2: Three persons were injured and a security forces vehicle damaged in twin blasts in different localities of Khyber Agency on Friday. According to details, in Sheikhwal area of Landikotal, unknown miscreants targeted a vehicle of Khasadar Force. As a result of blast, the vehicle was damaged partially but no human loss was reported. The second blast took place at Pak-Afghan Highway where a planted bomb exploded with big bang. Three passersby were injured in the blast.

#3: At least three people were killed and four others injured in a U.S. drone strike launched in Pakistan's northwest tribal area of South Waziristan on Thursday afternoon, reported local media Geo. According to the report, U.S. unmanned aircraft fired two missiles at a vehicle suspected of carrying militants in the Sheen Warsak area of Wana, capital town of South Waziristan which borders Afghanistan. One local TV channel said that the target was a suspected militant house instead of a vehicle.