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, December 12, 2012

War News for Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Reported security incidents
#1: Two people were killed in separate incidents of violence that occurred in Mohmand and Khyber Agency. In Mohmand Agency, the incident took place when unidentified armed men attacked at a man associated with Peace Committee with hand grenade in Manzari Cheena area of Bai Zai tehseel, resultantly the person died on the spot. In Khyber Agency, a bomb exploded at Ghandi area of Jamrud tehseel, damaging a house. Meanwhile, A body was found near Takhta Beg Check Post.

#2: Units of Afghan police have killed nine Taliban militants and injured eight others during series of operations over the past 24 hours, Interior Ministry said in a statement released here Wednesday. The operations, according to the statement were conducted in Nangarhar, Laghman, Kapisa, Kandahar, Uruzgan and Nimroz provinces during which six more insurgents made captive. There were no casualties on police side, the statement asserted. Taliban militants are yet to comment.

#3: According to reports a NATO-led International Coalition Security Forces drone crashed in southern Helmand province of Afghanistan on Wednesday. The incident took place in Nava district early Wednesday.

DoD: Staff Sgt. Wesley R. Williams