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

Friday, February 1, 2013

War News for Friday, February 01, 2013

Czech PRT ends Afghanistan mission

Reported security incidents
#1: A detained Taliban fighter snatched a gun, opened fire and killed two policemen in Takhar province 250 km north of Kabul on Friday, police said. “Police arrested a Taliban rebel on Thursday and kept him in a temporary lockup but the arrested insurgent snatched a gun from police, opened fire and killed two policemen on the spot Friday afternoon,” police spokesman in the province Abdul Khalil Asir told Xinhua. He said that the man was injured in return fire by police and re-arrested.

#2: A suicide bomber killed 19 mostly Sunni Muslims and wounded 45 on Friday in a crowded market outside a mosque in Pakistan's restive northwestern town of Hangu, police and officials said. Hangu, part of Pakistan's border region with Afghanistan, has been racked by sectarian violence between Sunni and Shi'ite tribes.