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 17, 2013

War News for Thursday, January 17, 2013

NATO is reporting the death of an ISAF soldier from an IED blast in in undisclosed location in southern Afghanistan on Wednesday, January 16th.
The British MoD is reporting the death of a British ISAF soldier at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Birmingham, UK on Wednesday, January 16th. The soldier was wounded from “enemy action” in the Lashkar Gah district, Helmand province, Afghanistan on Monday, January 14th.

Reported security incidents
#1: 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 on Thursday. “A search operation was conducted by the Afghan National Army ( ANA) commandos in Zirkoah area of Shindand district overnight.

#2: According to local authorities in southern Kandahar province of Afghanistan, a local police officer opened fire on his commander and killed him. The officials further added the incident took place late Tuesday night in Panjwai district. Provincail governor spokesman Javid Faisal confirming the report said the assailant local police officer poisoned his comrades and then opened fire on his commander.