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

Thursday, November 8, 2012

War News for Thursday, November 08, 2012

U.S. Wounded In Iraq, Afghanistan Includes More Than 1,500 Amputees

Reported security incidents
#1: Three more Australian soldiers have been wounded in Afghanistan after their armoured truck hit a roadside bomb. The military says the incident happened on Tuesday when the soldiers from the 3rd Battalion, Royal Australian Regiment Task Group, were moving between bases in the Oruzgan province.

#2: In one of the attacks, 10 civilians, including a child and four men, died as their vehicle struck a land mine in southern Helmand province. Seven other people in the group — which was heading to a wedding — were wounded in the blast, said Ismail Khan Hotak of the provincial security coordination center.
#3: A suicide bomber on a motorcycle blew himself up amid a police patrol in the southern city of Kandahar, killing the three policemen and wounding two, said Ahmad Jawed Faisal, a provincial governor spokesman.

#4: And five troops died when their convoy hit a land mine in eastern Laghman province, according to Sarhadi Zewak, also a governor spokesman.

#5: Also Thursday, two boys were killed by a roadside bomb in Zabul province in southern Afghanistan. Deputy provincial chief Ghulam Gilani Farahi said the device had probably been planted by insurgents targeting police officers patrolling the area.

#6: The death toll increased to four following a suicide car bomb attack on the paramilitary Rangers headquarters in Pakistan's southern port city of Karachi on Thursday, said a spokesman of Rangers. The dead included three members of Rangers and the suicide bomber, the spokesman said, adding that 19 people were also wounded in the blast. According to police and local media reports, a suicide bomber rammed an explosive-laden truck into the headquarters in North Nazimabad district of Karachi at about 6:55 a.m. local time. The injured people included at least eight policemen, police said.