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, January 2, 2013

War News for Wednesday, January 02, 2013

Reported security incidents
#1: Twenty-two Taliban fighters, were killed in a newly-launched search operation by Afghan forces in southern Ghazni province, officials said on Tuesday. The offensive targeted insurgent groups operating in Deh Yak and Andar districts, an official with the Afghan army’s 203rd Thunder Military Corps, Lt. Col. Malang Pawzyar, told Pajhwok Afghan News. Five Taliban groups were eliminated during the 10-day old operation that also resulted in the seizure of weapon depots belonging to the rebels, he said.
#2: Meanwhile, six suspected insurgents have been killed in an airstrike in eastern Kunar province and in a drone attack in northern Kunduz, officials said on Tuesday. Four militants were killed in the airstrike that took place on Monday evening in the Yalgal valley of Ghaziabad district, governor’s spokesman Sher Wali told Pajhwok Afghan News. Another three suspects were injured in the incident, he added. But a Taliban spokesman, Zabihullah Mujahid, said that none of their comrades had been killed or wounded in Kunar region.

#3: Elsewhere, two people died when a NATO drone fired missiles into the Imam Sahib district in Kunduz, the town’s administrative head, Imaduddin Qureshi, said. The slain individuals included Qari Noorullah, a local Taliban commander, who was killed along with a comrade, police spokesman Syed Sarwar Hussaini said, though a resident, Juma Din, claimed the victims were civilians.

#4: Personnel of Afghan police have killed one Taliban fighter and captured 35 others on charge of having link with the armed outfit during series of operations over the past 24 hours, Interior Ministry said in a press release issued here on Wednesday. In the operations which have been carried out in Baghlan, Kunduz, Kandahar, Uruzgan, Ghazni, Khost, Farah and Helmand provinces. The press release did not say if there were any casualties on police personnel.

#5: According to local authorities in western Herat province of Afghanistan, the dead body of an Iranian citizen was found in Injil district on on Wednesday morning. Provincial security chief Gen. Abdul Hamid Hamid confirming the report said the deceased Iranian citizen was a truck driver and his body was found on Herat-Islama Qala highway.

#6: A contracted civilian employee of the International Security Assistance Force died as a result of a non-battle related injury in southern Afghanistan yesterday.