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 25, 2013

War News for Monday, February 25, 2013

Reported security incidents
#1: Four Afghan civilians were killed and two others were wounded in explosion in the country's southern province of Helmand on Monday morning, police said. "A civilian car was running along a road in Sharsharak area of Marja district at about 9 a.m. local time but the ill-fated vehicle touched off an Improvised Explosive Device (IED) and the explosion claimed the lives of four civilians and wounded two others," the provincial police department said in a statement issued here.
#2: Two policemen were killed and one injured when their vehicle struck a roadside bomb in the adjacent Uruzgan province, police spokesman Farid Ayel said. 'The incident took place in the outskirts of Trinkot city, the provincial capital,' Ayel said.

#3: AFGHAN security forces shot dead at least one would-be suicide bomber yesterday in a high-security area of Kabul, home to government departments and diplomatic missions, police said. The attack, one of four in Afghanistan early yesterday, happened near a construction site that was stormed by Taliban gunmen last April. The would-be bomber was carrying a gun and wearing an explosive vest when he was shot said Kabul police chief General Ayoub Salangi.

#4: Up to 29 militants have been killed and 29 others wounded in military operations in the past 24 hours, in the latest raids against insurgency in the country, the Afghan Interior Ministry said on Monday. “Afghan National Police (ANP) in partnership with army and the NATO-led coalition forces carried out several cleanup operations in Nangarhar, Laghman, Badakhshan, Kandahar, Zabul, Logar, Ghazni, Paktiya, Herat, Badghis and Helmand provinces, killing 29 armed Taliban militants during the past 24 hours,” the ministry said in a statement providing daily operational updates.

#5: A police head constable was gunned down by some unknown shooters in the Yakatoot Police Station area, interior City on Sunday morning, police confirmed. Head constable Farman Khan, residence of Tuheed Abad, Yakatoot was going for Fajr prayer when some unknown shooters raiding on a motorbike started indiscriminate firing on him, killing Farman Khan on the spot and made their escape goods. He was a CID Police head constable but was serving as the gunman of SSP Investigation these days.

#7: At least one security person was killed and several others injured when a bomb went off inside a fort of paramilitary troops in Pakistan's northwest tribal region of Khyber on Monday afternoon, local Urdu TV Geo reported.