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 24, 2013

War News for Thursday, January 24, 2013

The DoD is reporting the death of Sgt. Mark H. Schoonhoven who died at at Brooke Army Medical Center, Fort Sam Houston, Texas on Sunday, January 20th. He was wounded from an IED blast in Kabul, Afghanistan on Tuesday, January 15th.

Pentagon to remove ban on women in combat

Reported security incidents
#1: Two policemen were killed and two civilians were injured as a roadside bomb struck police van in Nimroz province 790 km southwest of Kabul on Thursday, a local official said. “A mine planted by militants on a road in Mahajirabad area outside Nimroz provincial capital Zaranj, struck a police vehicle at 01:30 p.m. local time today killing two policemen aboard the vehicle and injuring two passersby, both women,” Abdul Hai Khudri the deputy to Zaranj’s governor told Xinhua.

#2: According to local authorities in eastern Paktika province of Afghanistan, a pilot less International Security Assistance Force aircraft crashed in this province. The officials further added the incident took place in Jani Khel district due to unknown reasons.

#3: At least 14 Taliban insurgents including three foreigners have been killed and 21 other insurgents wounded in a US airstrike in eastern Nuristan province, Afghan local officials said. The airstrike happened in the Dahan Baz Gul area of Nuristan's Kamdish district when Taliban insurgents were at a gathering, provincial police chief Ghulaam Mullah said, adding that the strike was carried out by drone.

News: Sergeant Mark Schoonhoven -- Sergeant Mark Schoonhoven succumbed from injuries suffered a month ago when a roadside bomb exploded in Kabul

News: Kpt. Krzysztof Wo┼║niak