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

Thursday, March 14, 2013

War News for Thursday, March 14, 2013

U.S. General Puts Troops on Security Alert After Karzai Remarks

Reported security incidents
#1: Six Taliban fighters and a policeman were killed in Sangin district of Helmand province yesterday, officials said Wednesday. On the occasion, the Sangin police chief Shamsullah told reporters the Taliban attacked a police patrol in Charkhakano Manda area, two kilometres from Sangin's district headquarters, late yesterday. Six Taliban fighters, including their commanders Mullah Shah Wali and Mullah Abdul Wali, and a cop were killed and two more policemen sustained injuries in the gunfight, he added.

#2: At least 16 militants were killed and 12 others were injured in fresh clashes between banned Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan and Ansarul Islam in Maidan area of Tirah valley in Khyber Agency, tribal sources said on Wednesday. The sources said that over 299 fighters of TTP descended from Drey Stani hilltop, bordering the Kukikhel area, to Narkhaw area populated by Qambarkhel Afridi tribe in Ansarul Islam-controlled Maidan part of the valley on Tuesday evening and occupied two dozens of houses. Subsequently, around 600 volunteers of AI from different parts of Maidan moved to Narkhaw and launched the counter-attack. The sources said the fighting between the groups was going on till filling of this report. They said that 10 TTP militants and six volunteers of AI were killed and 12 others from both sides were injured.

#3: Casualties were feared Wednesday evening as a suicide bombing went off in an area where Afghan national game of Buzkashi was held in the northern Afghanistan province of Kunduz, local media reported.

#4: national directorate of security (NDS) officails announced at least five Haqqani network militants were during a gun battle in capital Kabul on Wednesday.