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, January 10, 2013

War News for Thursday, January 10, 2013

Pakistanis trucking NATO supplies to Afghanistan go on strike

Reported security incidents
#1: A suspected U.S. drone strike targeted a militant compound in northwest Pakistan Thursday, killing at least four people, two Pakistani intelligence officials said. The officials, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said the drone fired two missiles at the compound near the village of Mir Ali in North Waziristan, one of seven districts in Pakistan's volatile tribal region bordering Afghanistan.

#2: At least 11 people, including a child and two security personnel, were reported killed and 40 others injured in a blast that took place near Quetta's Bacha Khan chowk on Thursday, hospital sources said. A congested market is located at the site of the incident and the explosion took place during peak hours. According to reports, the target of the attack was an FC checkpost. Several vehicles including a vehicle of law enforcement agency, nearby shops and food stalls were badly damaged in the explosion.

#3: Afghan security forces during a cleanup operations in Khogyani district of Nangarhar province with Jalalabad as its capital 120 km east of Kabul, leaving three Taliban militants dead and injuring two others, on Thursday, an official said. "The operations involving units of national army and police began early Thursday morning against Taliban militants in several villages of Khogyani district during which three Taliban rebels have been killed and two others sustained injuries," an army officer Neman Atifi told Xinhua. He also confirmed that one police and one army soldiers had been injured during the operations.

UK/MOD: Sapper Richard Reginald Walker