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

Saturday, February 2, 2013

War News for Saturday, February 02, 2013

U.S. Army suicides at record high

Army Relases December 2012 and Calendar Year 2012 Suicide Information

pictures: Cold weather kills 17 in Afghan resettlement areas

Reported security incidents
#1: Six persons were killed and four others injured when mortar shells fired from Afghanistan’s Paktika province landed in a border village of South Waziristan on Friday evening. Government officials and tribal sources said 16 shells fired from Afghanistan landed in Baghar village near Angoor Adda of South Waziristan tribal region. They said the mortar shells exploded and killed six people.

#2: Militants attacked an isolated army checkpoint in Pakistan's restive northwest on Saturday, with at least 35 people killed in the initial assault, subsequent crossfire and a rocket attack on a house, officials said. A security official said 12 militants and 13 soldiers were killed in the clash. Two bodies had suicide bomb belts on them.

#3: Syed Abdul Rahman Khogyani district chief escaped an explosion in eastern Nangarhar province of Afghanistan early Saturday morning. According to reports a security guard of Mr. Syed Abdul Rahman was killed following the blast and two others were injured.