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

Monday, March 18, 2013

War News for Monday, March 18, 2013

Reported security incidents
#1: The Kandahar airport where Bulgarian NATO contingent is stationed has been under rocket fire, the Bulgarian caretaker Defense Minister, Todor Tagarev, announced Monday. Speaking for the Bulgarian National Television, BNT, Tagarev explained the incident happened just ahead of the rotation of Bulgarian rangers in Afghanistan. None of the some three hundred Bulgarian rangers at the Kandahar Air Base have been wounded, according to the Minister. There is no material damage either.

#2: At least four people were killed and 30 injured when a suicide bomber blew himself up after terrorists stormed the judicial complex located on Khyber Road. According to police terrorists tried to enter the courtroom of Additional Sessions Judge Kulsoom Azam. Additional IG Masood Afridi said there were two suicide bombers; one blew himself up while the other was shot by the police. He added that the four policemen were injured in the attack. Masood Afridi confirmed that the premises of the complex had been secured.

#3: Uzbek border guards shot to death three Afghans in the northern Balkh province, - reported "” with reference to a senior official of the security forces. On the night of Saturday to Sunday, Uzbek border guards opened fire on the seven Afghan policemen, who went to the forest in the middle of the Amu Darya, according to an Afghan news service Pajhwork Afgan News. Three policemen were killed, according to the commander of the Afghan Border Guards, General Mohammad Jan Mamozay. The shooting was done on Afghan territory.

#4: Units of Afghan national police during series of operations across the country over the past 24 hours have killed 12 Taliban militants, Interior Ministry said in a statement released here on Monday. The operations, according to the statement were conducted in Nangarhar, Kandahar, Uruzgan, Maidan Wardak, Logar, Farah and Helmand provinces which have also left eight more militants wounded and four others arrested. However, it did not say if there were any casualties on police.

DoD:  Staff Sgt. Steven P. Blass

DoD: Chief Warrant Officer Bryan J. Henderson

DoD: Capt. Sara M. Knutson

DoD: Staff Sgt. Marc A. Scialdo

DoD: Spc. Zachary L. Shannon

DoD: Chief Warrant Officer James E. Groves III