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

Monday, February 4, 2013

War News for Monday, February 04, 2013

Peace talks flounder as U.S. draws down

Afghanistan security better before British troops arrival: Karzai

Reported security incidents
#1: One civilian was killed and six others sustained injuries as a roadside bomb struck a civilian car in Kandahar province 450 km south of Kabul on Sunday, a local official said Monday. "A mine planted by anti-government militants on a road in Khakriz district struck a civilian car Sunday afternoon killing the driver and injuring six others, all women," district governor Abdul Hamid said.

#2: Up to four armed Taliban insurgents have been killed and 10 others detained in different operations within the last 24 hours, the Afghan Interior Ministry confirmed on Sunday. During the operations, carried out by Afghan police supporting by army and the NATO-led coalition forces in eastern Kabul and western Herat province, the joint forces also found weapons, the statement added.

#3: The police have arrested nine Taliban militants during a series of operations across the country over the past 24 hours, Interior Ministry said in a statement released here on Monday. The operations, according to the statement, were carried out in Kabul, Baghlan, Uruzgan and Paktiya provinces, during which a number of arms and ammunitions including 50 kg of explosive materials have been seized.


Cervantes said...

Just Who Do They Represent: At Hagel Hearing, Concern for Israel Tops U.S. Troops in Combat.

"In nearly eight hours of interrogation and testimony, Israel and its interests were referred to by the Senate Armed Services Committee a total of 106 times. On the other hand, there were a mere 24 references made to Afghanistan and the Americans fighting there—most by Democratic Senator Carl Levin, chairman of the committee.

Nuclear-armed Pakistan—where the U.S. frequently targets militants with drone-launched Hellfire missiles—barely merited mention at all.

It’s difficult to interpret this message any other way: the Senate Armed Services Committee—particularly its Republican membership—is more concerned with the apparent American defense secretary’s relationship with Israel than with the future of Afghanistan, Pakistan, and the fate of U.S. troops engaged in both locations."