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

Friday, March 8, 2013

War News for Friday, March 08, 2013

Reported security incidents
#1: Pakistani security forces’ operation in parts of Upper Orakzai Agency is continued as eight more militants were killed in northwestern tribal belt. The sources said that the forces conducted operation in Aotmela and Mandermela area of agency and destroyed six hideouts of the militants. “Eight militants were killed in the operation while dozens other received injures,” they added.

At least 11 militants were killed in ongoing military operations in different area of Upper Orakzai Agency and Khyber Agency here on Friday. According to security sources, security forces backed by jet helicopters bombarded at hideouts of militants in Tirah Valley, killing three militants while several hideouts were destroyed in the shelling. In another operation, ,military jet fighter fired shells at positions of militants in Oatmila and Nandarmila areas of Upper Orakzai, killing eight militants and destroying three hideouts.

#2: According to reports several armed militants attacked a US military base in eastern Nangarhar province of Afghanistan on Friday. The incident took place in Jalalabad city and unconfirmed reports suggest that the armed men are Afghan national army and police officrs. The assailant armed men are also equipped with Humvee armoured vehicles and modern military equipments and at least one US soldier has reportedly been killed following the clashes.