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 12, 2013

War News for Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Afghan officials acknowledge prisoner torture

Reported security incidents
#1: Security forces have killed 11 Taliban militants in different provinces within the last 24 hours, the Afghan Interior Ministry said on Tuesday. "Afghan police, army and intelligence agency in partnership with the NATO-led coalition forces conducted six cleanup operations in Kapisa, Kandahar, Zabul, Uruzgan, Wardak and Paktiya provinces, killing 11 armed Taliban militants and detaining nine others," the ministry said in a statement, adding two militants were wounded in the raids.
#2: An Afghan soldier was killed in a roadside bomb blast while patrolling eastern Nangarhar province, local officials said. One other soldier was injured in the blast. The blast took place in Memla area of Khogyani district while the soldiers were on foot patrol. The roadside bomb exploded, killing a solder and injured another, provincial spokesman Ahmad Zia Abdulzaid said.