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

Saturday, December 22, 2012

War News for Saturday, December 22, 2012


Reported security incidents
#1: A driver and his helper were injured when unidentified motorcyclists opened fire on an Afghanistan-bound trailer in Wazirdhand area in Jamrud tehsil of Khyber Agency on Friday, tribal sources said. The sources said the trailer (P-8279) was supplying goods to the Nato forces in Afghanistan when it came under attack. The driver Rustam Shah and his helper, whose identity could not be confirmed, were wounded in the attack.

#2: A relatively heavy explosion rocked eastern Ghanzi province of Afghanistan early Saturday morning. The incident took place in eastern Ghazni city after explosives packed in a cycle went off in old market area. Provincial governor spokesman Fazal Sabawon confirming the report said the main target of the explosion was an Afghan intelligence official. He confirmed at least two Afgan civilians along with an Afghan intelligence officer were injured following the blast.

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