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

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

War News for Wednesday, November 14, 2012

NATO is reporting the death of an ISAF soldier from an unexplained explosion at a base in an undisclosed location in southern Afghanistan on Tuesday, November 13th.

Reported security incidents
#1: Taliban insurgents on Wednesday dragged two young Afghan men from their car and shot them dead because they worked for NATO troops as interpreters, police said. The bloodied bodies of the men were found next to their car on the side of a road in Logar province, less than 80 kilometres (50 miles) south of the capital Kabul.

#2: According to local authorities in southern Kandahar province of Afghanistan, Taliban militants attacked a NATO military base in this province. The officials further added a heavy explosion took place after ammunitions depot caught fire as a result of the rocket attack. Panjwai district Fazal Ishaq confirming the report said the incident took place in Zangiabad village in Panjwai district. He said the fire as a result of the explosion in ammunitions depot continued for several hours however he did not disclose further information regarding the casualties as a result of the incident.

DoD: Sgt. Matthew H. Stiltz