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 26, 2013

War News for Friday, April 26 2013

Former Selah resident killed in action in Afghanistan - Aaron Blanchard, a 32-year-old Army captain and former Selah resident, was killed by enemy fire Tuesday in Afghanistan. He had been stationed at a forward operating base when it was struck by missile fire, killing him and another soldier, his mother, Laura Schactler of Selah, said Thursday. No details have been released by the military.

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Reported security incidents
#1: In Bannu’s Tana area, bomb disposal squad personnel defused a three-kilogram explosive device. Moreover, town municipal authority personnel discovered a bomb in the Shabqadar tehsil of Charsadda. The BDS was immediately sought after the discovery of the explosive device.

The police on Friday foiled a major terrorism bid as it seized and defused five bombs in Karak. According to Karak DPO Attiqullah Wazir, the police launched a search operation in Barbara area, bordering Kohat district where two police officials had been killed in a clash with militants. Six militants had also died in the attack. During the search operation, five bombs weighing 50 kilograms were seized which were later defused by the bomb disposal squad (BDS).

#2: In another incident, militants killed a man in Mohmand’s Halimzai area for allegedly supporting the pro-government peace committee in the region.

#3: At least 6 Afghan local police officers were shot dead in a suspected insider attack in northeastern Takhar province of Afghanistan on Thursday night. According to local authorities in Takhar province, the incident took place after the local police officers including thier commander were poisoned and shot dead.