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 23, 2013

War News for Saturday, February 23, 2013

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Reported security incidents
#1: Units of Afghan police have killed 17 Taliban militants during series of operations across the militancy-plagued country over the past 24 hours, Interior Ministry said in a statement released here on Saturday. The operations, according to the statement, were carried out in Nangarhar, Laghman, Kandahar and Logar provinces during which four more militants had made captive. It did not say if there were any casualties on the police side.

#2: Police recovered and defused an Improvised Explosive Device (IED) in Satellite Town in the provincial capital (Quetta) on Friday afternoon.Police sources said that unknown men had planted IED against the wall of a house in Satellite Town.On receiving information about the suspected thing attached with the wall, the Satellite Town police along with Bomb Disposal Squad reached the site and defused the explosive.According to BDS team, about four to five kg explosives were used in the IED.

#3: A roadside bomb struck police van in Kunduz province 250 km north of Kabul on Saturday, wounding three police personnel, provincial police chief Mohammad Khalil Andarabai said. "A mine planted by anti-government militants struck a police vehicle at around 01:30 p.m. today injuring three policemen," Andarabi said to Xinhua. The incident, he added took place on the road leading to Shir Khan Bandar border town.