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

Friday, April 5, 2013

War News for Friday, April 05, 2013

NATO is reporting the death of an ISAF Airman from a fixed wing plane crash related injury in an undisclosed location in somewhere in Afghanistan on Wednesday, April 3rd. News reports that an f-16 crashed somewhere in eastern Afghanistan.

New Zealand withdraws Afghan troops

Reported security incidents
#1: An official says a bomb attached to a donkey has exploded, killing a policeman and wounded three civilians. Local government spokesman Sarhadi Zwak says the donkey blew up in front a police security post in the Alingar district of Laghman province.

#1: According to reports a number of vehicles caught fire near US-run Bagram airfield on Wednesday night with Taliban group claiming reponsibility behind the incident. District police chief for Bagram Zmarai Nasiri confirming the report said the incident took place on eastern part of Bagram airbase on Wednesday night. Mr. Nasiri further added that 10 vehicles along with an oil tanker transporting fuel for the international coalition forces were destroyed following incident. Zabiullah Mujahid further added that Taliban fighters tactically attacked the oil tankers stop from the third entry gate of the Bagram Air base used by US forces. However local officials deny Taliban group’s comments and said the incident took place due to a gas cylinder explosion.