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

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

War News for Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Afghan Warlord’s Call to Arms Rattles Officials

Reported security incidents
#1: Rockets struck near Kabul's presidential palace and international airport on the 11th anniversary of the Taliban withdrawal from the Afghan capital, killing one and wounding three, police say. Police said four rockets were fired from a vineyard northeast of Kabul, with two landing "near" Kabul international airport without causing any casualties. Airport sources said one of the rockets exploded in a car park at the airport and another landed near a police checkpost but failed to detonate. A third rocket hit the compound of the privately run Shamshad TV station without causing casualties. "But unfortunately, the fourth one landed in District 9 (near the presidential palace) and hit a car, wounding three civilians and killing one," Kabul police said in a statement.

#2: A roadside bomb attack left four Afghan National Army (ANA) troops dead and two wounded in Bala Murghab district of Badghis province last night, an army officer said Monday. A landmine exploded on ANA patrol in Akazai village of Bala Murghab district, killing four troops and wounding two others, an army officer in western Badghis province, told Afghan Islamic Press (AIP). He said a clash also took place between Taliban and Afghan army troops after the bomb attack but did not caused any casualties to troops, adding it was unclear if Taliban suffered any damage or not.

#3: A press release issued by media office of Wardak governor said three anti-government gunmen were emplacing a landmine in Madad village of Chak district to target security force when the landmine exploded prematurely. He said all the three gunmen were killed in the explosion.

#4: A bicycle bomb apparently targeting security forces killed two people and injured nine others at airport road in Quetta on Tuesday, Geo News reported. According to police, the device exploded on the road from Quetta to the airport as a convoy of the government paramilitary Frontier Corps (FC) passed nearby. "Two people passing by were killed in the blast and nine others wounded. The injured also included three FC soldiers," a senior police official told. Firing was also reported after the explosion. Law enforcement agencies and rescue teams immediately reached the spot to initiate rescue efforts.

#5: In Kapisa, 20 armed insurgents and the soldier were killed during a clash in Tagab district on Sunday night, Governor Mehrabuddin Safi told Pajhwok Afghan News. He said the clash was touched off by a Taliban attack on an ANA check-post. A key insurgent commander, Ghulam Rabbani, was among the dead. Two Afghan soldiers were also injured.

DoD: Capt. James D. Nehl

MoD: Captain Walter Barrie