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 15, 2013

War News for Friday, February 15, 2013

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Reported security incidents
#1: A suicide attacker attempted to target the convoy of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Chief Minister Ameer Haider Hoti near College Chowk here. The suicide bomber detonated himself near the convoy of the chief minister who was travelling to a rally in Mardan. Chief Minister Hoti remained unhurt in the attack, and there was no loss of life reported.

#2: A police official was killed in an attack on a police party engaged in an overnight search operation to track down the saboteurs holed up in an area of the city. According to SHO Pir Wadhai Police Station, police conducted a search operation on a tip-off regarding the presence of suspected people in the city area of Kararyan. During the operation, some unidentified miscreants ambushed on the police personnel which ensued in an exchange of gunfire. The attack by the miscreants claimed life of an ASI and another policeman was injured. In retaliation by the police, two alleged assailants were killed.

#3: A bomb blast rocked Sarkano town in the eastern Kunar province on Friday, casualties feared, a local official said.

#4: A roadside bomb went off in Sarkano town of Kunar province with Assadabad as its capital 185 km east of Kabul on Friday, killing two people and injuring another, a local official said. "A roadside bomb organized by anti-government militants exploded in Sarkano district at 01:15 p.m. local time today, leaving two persons dead and wounding another," the official told Xinhua but declined to be identified, saying authorized officials would brief the media after investigation. In the meantime, a doctor in Assadabad hospital confirmed that two dead bodies including a local police constable and an injured one had been taken to hospital from Sarkano district on Friday.