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 30, 2013

War News for Saturday, March 30, 2013

NATO is reporting the death of an ISAF soldier from a non-combat related injury in an undisclosed location in southern Afghanistan on Friday, March 29th.

Reported security incidents
#1: Up to 12 Taliban militants were killed Saturday in a coalition airstrike in the eastern Afghan province of Ghazni, authorities said. “(Saturday) in the morning the ANSF (Afghan National Security Forces) and Coalition Forces conducted a successful attack on a group of armed Taliban extremists in Espand-de village in eastern Ghazni city,” said a statement issued by coalition here. Meantime, a provincial health official, Baz Mohammad Himat, told Xinhua that a total of eight civilians have been admitted to a provincial capital hospital who sustained injuries in the airstrike in Espand-de area Saturday morning.

#2: In addition, the Afghan army and police supported by the coalition forces have killed 14 Taliban insurgents, wounded four and arrested four others in Nangarhar, Laghman, Badakhshan, Kandahar and Helmand provinces within the last 24 hours, the country’s Interior Ministry said in a statement earlier Saturday.

#3: A suicide bomber Saturday struck a police patrol in a town in northwestern Pakistan, killing a policeman and wounding six others, police said. The bombing took place at a market in Katalang, 50 kilometres (30 miles) northeast of Peshawar, the capital of restive Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province which borders Afghanistan. "A policeman was killed and two other policemen were wounded when a suicide bomber blew himself up close to a police patrol car," senior police official Shafi Ullah told AFP. Four civilians were also wounded in the suicide bombing, Ullah said. After the bombing police chased an alleged handler of the suicide bomber and killed him in a shoot out, the official said.