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, January 19, 2013

War News for Saturday, January 19, 2013

Reported security incidents
#1: Two suicide bombers were killed Saturday as their explosive vests went off prematurely in Guzara district in Afghanistan’s western province of Heart, an official said. “Two suicide bombers riding a motorcycle were trying to target the district office building through the main gate but their explosive were detonated prematurely near the compound killing both on the spot,” the administrative chief of the district Nisar Ahmad Popal told Xinhua. He said no member of Afghan security force or civilian was harmed in the blast in the province 640 km west of capital city of Kabul.

#2: Up to six militants have been killed and eight others wounded in an operation carried out by the Afghan forces in the country's western province of Herat, an army spokesman said. "A search operation was conducted by the Afghan National Army ( ANA) commandos in Zirkoah area of Shindand district overnight. As a result of the raid six militants, including a Taliban local leader Mullah Akbar, were killed and eight others wounded," spokesman Nasrullah Nasito Nadiri said.