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 19, 2013

War News for Friday, April 19, 2013

Reported security incidents
#1: Taliban insurgents killed 13 local policemen Friday in an attack on their checkpoint in southeast Afghanistan, officials said. The policemen were sleeping when their post in the Andar district of Ghazni province came under fire, said district governor Mohammad Qasim Desiwal.

#2: At least two people were injured in rocket attack at a political gathering in NA-41 constituency of South Waziristan’s Wana area on Friday. A political rally of Nasir Ahmed was underway in Wana when a rocket landed from an unknown direction injuring two persons. Further details were not available till the filing of this report.

#3: In the latest string of violence, a Taliban suicide bomber stroke security forces in the country's southern province of Helmand, injuring seven people. "A militant detonated an explosive-laden car along a road in Sanging district when Afghan police and foreign soldiers were patrolling the area. The blast killed the attacker and injured seven others," the district administrative chief, Daud Noorzai, told Xinhua. The injured included five Afghan policemen and two civilians, the official said adding, "Their wounds were not life-threatening. "

#4: An Afghan policeman and two militants were killed overnight when Taliban militants launched an attack in the country's northern province of Badakhshan, an official said on Friday. "Several armed militants raided Afghan Border Police checkpoints in Teergran area in Wardoj district at midnight. A border cop and two militants were killed in the gunfight," Dawlat Mohammad, the administrative chief of Wardoj, told Xinhua. He said an unknown number of militants were also wounded in the fighting lasting for a while.