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, December 13, 2012

War News for Thursday, December 13, 2012

Swedish woman shot in Lahore passes away in Sweden

NATO scales back joint Afghan operations

Reported security incidents
#1: A police constable was killed in a firing incident in the city’s suburban area. According to police, constable Riaz, a resident of Multan, was on security duty at gate-1 of Chohang Training School, when armed motorcyclists opened indiscriminate fire and fled away.

#2: A driver was killed and two police officers wounded as their vehicle come under fire from unidentified gunmen in Belandab district of southern Herat province, an official said Thursday.

#3: Unknown gunmen carried out armed attack on a senior security official in western Herat province of Afghanistan early Thursday morning. Ali Ahmad Dashti a local security official in western Herat province of Afghanistan said Gen. Abdul Rasheed operational chief for 606 Ansar security commandment in western Afghanistan was ambushed by unknown gunmen. Mr. Dashti said the attack took place while Mr. Rasheed was on his way towards his office. He said the assailant militants also started armed clashes with the security guards of Mr. Rasheed near his house, killing one of his guards. The assailant militants reportedly escaped from the area after the clashes. No group including the Taliban militants has so far claimed responsibility behind the attack.