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 15, 2012

War News for Thursday, November 15, 2012

A lost civilisation: 3,000-year-old cemetery discovered in Swat

Reported security incidents
#1: Unknown armed men attacked an oil tanker and two food-laden trucks in Samangan province 215 km north of Kabul late Wednesday night, a local official said Thursday. “Unidentified armed men, possibly Taliban militants attacked and destroyed an oil tanker and two trucks carrying food stuffs to Kabul late last night,” Ghulam Mohammad, head of the police’s crime investigation department in Samangan, told Xinhua.

#2: Afghan police during series of operations have killed eight Taliban militants and arrested a dozen other across the country over the past 24 hours, Interior Ministry said in a statement released here Thursday. "In the operations conducted in Kabul, Kunar, Balkh, Faryab, Kandahar, Uruzgan, Maidan Wardak, Logar, Ghazni, Paktiya, Farah and Helmand provinces, eight Taliban rebels have been killed, 12 detained and three others wounded," the statement added.


Dancewater said...

Bombings in Iraq

At least 17 people have been killed and dozens wounded in bombings across Iraq, on the eve of the Islamic new year and the holy month of Muharram.

Six car bombs and roadside devices exploded in the capital, Baghdad, and four other cities, the AFP news agency cited officials as saying.

In the deadliest attack, at least three bombs went off simultaneously in Kirkuk, killing at least five people.

Muharram is an important part of the Shia Muslim religious calendar.