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 22, 2012

War News for Thursday, November 22, 2012

Reported security incidents
#1: A cop died while 29 more became unconscious at a base in Qaisar district of Faryab province last night. An area resident told the Afghan Islamic Press (AIP) that a total of 30 policemen became unconscious at a base in Qaisar district, adding one of them lost his life. The Faryab governor's spokesman Ahmad Javed Baidar confirmed the incident. He, however, did not disclose exact number of the affected policemen. He said the policemen became unconscious after eating meal. He said it seems someone had poisoned their food.

#2: Meanwhile, gunmen shot dead a former commander of the Junbish-i-Milli, Amanullah, in Dhun Darra area of Pashtunkot district while he and his son were was on their way to the mosque last night. His son sustained injuries in the attack, he said, adding the attackers fled from the scene. The Taliban spokesman Qari Muhammad Yousaf Ahmadi claimed responsibility for killing Amanullah. He said their fighters also killed two more commanders, Abdul Rashid and Sangin, in the same district yesterday.

#3: Eight militants, including three commanders, were killed during a joint operation in the Baraki Barak district of central Logar province on Wednesday, an official said. ANA and International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) troops conducted the operation in Allahdad Khel village of the district, said the governor's spokesman, Din Muhammad Darvesh. He to Pajhwok Afghan News the NATO-led troops provided air support to the ANA.

#4: As many as five people, including three soldiers and a woman, were killed and over 20 seriously injured when a bomb ripped through a Pakistan Army vehicle in the provincial capital in a high security zone of Shahbaz Town on Wednesday. According to DIG Hamid Shakeel, the bomb was planted on a motorcycle parked on Smungli Road at Shahbaz Town to target an army vehicle escorting a school van. "Explosives were detonated when a vehicle of security forces passed by," the DIG said, adding as result five people, including three security personnel and a woman, were killed on the spot and over 11 others wounded. However, rescue workers said that more than 20 people were injured in the blast.

#5: Three Afghan civilians were killed Wednesday evening in an explosion in the country's southern province of Helmand, police said Thursday. "Two brothers and a cousin were killed when their motorcycle touched off an Improvised Explosive Device (IED) in a road in Shawal area of Nad Ali district late Thursday," provincial police spokesman Farid Ahmad Farhang told Xinhua.

#6: At least one security person was killed and two others injured when a security checkpost was attacked by unknown gunmen in Pakistan's northwest city of Peshawar on Thursday morning, reported local media Dunya. The attack took place at about 11:40 a.m. local time when unknown gunmen opened fired at a checkpost guarded by Frontier Corps, a paramilitary force in Pakistan, in the Budhber area of Peshawar. One FC member was killed and two others injured in the attack. The attackers fled the scene after FC retaliated. Other details about the attack are not immediately available.


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