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

Tuesday, February 5, 2013

War News for Tuesday, February 05, 2013

'CIA used ISI's detention centres in Pak during war on terror'

21 killed and 34 injured due to heavy rainfall in Pakistan.

Reported security incidents
#1: An Afghan official says at least three people have been killed in a bombing at a tea house in northern Afghanistan. The deputy governor of Faryab province Abdul Sattar Barez says Tuesday's blast occurred around 11am in a restaurant in the upscale district of Khwaja Sabz Poshi Wali. Barez gave the death toll and says 10 other people were wounded.

#2: Two engineers of a national reconciliation project were killed in a roadside bombing in Uruzgan province on Monday. An IED ripped through a vehicle in Deshi area of Charchino district, leaving two engineers dead, the Uruzgan police spokesman Aayal told the Afghan Islamic Press (AIP).

#3: The Afghan National Army (ANA) in an on-going military operation in Herat and Farah provinces has killed at least 15 militants, ANA officials said, media reported February 3. ANA forces also arrested seven suspected militants in Operation Naveed. Troops have been conducting the operation for the past three days, said Col. Najibullah Najibi, a spokesman for the ANA's 207th Zafar Military Corps. Seven insurgents were killed in Shindand District, Herat Province, while eight were killed in Bakwa District, Farah Province, Najibi confirmed to Pajhwok Afghan News.

#4: Three people were killed and another was wounded in separate incidents of firing and a landmine blast in different towns of Balochistan, on Monday.

#5: According to local authorities in western Herat province of Afghanistan, at least two women were killed and three children were injured following a military operation by US special forces in this province. The officials further added the operation was conducted in Zer-e-Koh area at Shindand district. Shindand district chief Abdul Hamid Noor confirming the report said the operation was launched on Monday in a bid to clear the area from the militants activities. Mr. Noor further added at least two militants commanders were also killed following the operation and two Afghan and US troops were injured.