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 16, 2013

War News for Saturday, February 16, 2013

NATO air strikes for Afghan security forces must end - Karzai

U.S. Military Faces Fire as It Pulls Out of Afghanistan

Reported security incidents
#1: A Fairborn native has been critically wounded in Afghanistan. Sources tell 2 NEWS that Christina Maddock was working as a contractor at the time for a company called Intelligence Software Solutions based in Colorado. We're told she was shot, but exactly how the incident occurred is still being investigated. She was flown to Germany for treatment where as of Friday morning she was in critical condition on life support. She was also an active member of the Ohio Air National Guard.

#2: American Special Operations Forces stopped a tribal leader as he was driving with his brother and 6-year-old son in an area rife with Taliban in southern Afghanistan on Wednesday. A quick examination of his identity documents confirmed that he was a wanted man. The troops took the man, Mirza M. Khan, and his brother to a nearby base for questioning. According to both the brother and a district official who heard the Special Forces’ account of the episode, the two men were let go — but Mr. Khan was fatally shot as he returned to his car.

#3: At least 10 people were killed and many others, including children and women injured as a blast hit Quetta’s busy market on Kirani road on Saturday. Initial reports said four people were killed while many others injured. However, Geo News correspondent says death toll started climbing as victims succumbed to their wounds in hospitals where a state of emergency was declared. He says the blast occurred in a bazaar located near a densely populated area.

#4: One terrorist was killed and six others were arrested following a clash with security forces in Bannu on Saturday. Acting on a tip-off, security forces launched a search operation in Mandan area of Bannu, where militants were believed to be hiding. The militants attacked the troops, who opened retaliatory fire, killing one attacker and apprehending six others.

#5: At least eight militants were killed on Friday in an operation carried out by security forces in the Orakzai tribal region. According to a private TV channel the action was carried out in Upper Orakzai's Mamozai area. Jet fighters were also used in the operation in which two militant hideouts were destroyed.

#6: Two members of Afghan security forces were killed and four others were wounded Saturday when a bomb hit their mobile in the country's northern province of Jawzjan, the provincial police chief said.