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

Wednesday, March 13, 2013

War News for Wednesday, March 13, 2013

NATO is reporting the deaths of five ISAF soldiers in a helicopter crash in an undisclosed location in southern Afghanistan on Sunday, March 10th.

Karzai Bets on Vilifying U.S. to Shed His Image as a Lackey

Reported security incidents
#1: Gunmen shot dead a senior local election official in Quetta on Tuesday, police said, days before parliament is due to dissolve ahead of national polls. The shooting took place in Chandni Chowk, a congested neighbourhood of Quetta, the capital of volatile Balochistan province.

#2: At least three people were killed and 20 other wounded in a suicide blast and subsequent firing near police station in Bannu district of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province on Tuesday. According to local police, intense firing was heard soon after an explosion near Sadar police station of the town where check posts and police stations are often been attacked by militant groups. Police said the suicide bomber targeted police van, resulting two police officials and another unknown man was killed and 20 other people including policemen sustained injuries, officials told the media adding that the van was also completely destroyed.

DoD: Capt. Andrew M. Pedersen-Keel

DoD: Staff Sgt. Rex L. Schad