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, March 2, 2013

War News for Saturday, March 02, 2013

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Reported security incidents

#1: A suicide attack on the 205th Atal Military Corps headquarters was foiled in Afghanistan’s southern Helmand province on Saturday, an official said. The incident took place around 11am, Corps Commander Brig. Gen. Syed Waqif Shah said. The attacker exploded his explosive vest when security guards opened fire at him. As result of the explosion, the bomber was killed and one security guard wounded, the commander said.
#2: update Australian soldiers in southern Afghanistan shot dead two children tending cattle, local officials said on Saturday as the international coalition launched an inquiry into the incident. The two children, aged seven and eight, were killed on Thursday morning as Australian soldiers fought back after a Taliban attack in southern Uruzgan province, said provincial governor Amir Mohammad Akhundzada.
#3: Insurgents shot and killed two policemen at a market place in Indian-administered Kashmir, police said. A police statement said the assailants fled after Saturday’s attack near a bus stop in Handwara, a town 90 kilometres north of Srinagar.