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

Monday, April 22, 2013

War News for Monday, April 22, 2013

Yemen: Drone strike kills 'Qaeda militants'

Reported security incidents
#1: Taliban insurgents have seized eight Turks and an Afghan from a civilian helicopter which made an emergency landing in eastern Afghanistan, officials say. A district administrator in the area says the helicopter owned by an Afghan company landed on Sunday afternoon in strong winds and rain in a village of Logar province, southeast of Kabul and about 30km from the Pakistan border. Hamidullah Hamid said on Monday that the Taliban captured all nine aboard the aircraft and took them from the area.

#2: At least three Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs) were defused by Bomb Disposal Squad personnel at Dardar Abdullah Baba in Badaber’s Sheikhan area on the outskirts of Peshawar. BDS sources told the explosives were fitted with timers and were defused due to the timely intervention of the bomb disposal squad upon receiving information.

#3: Nearly a dozen people were wounded when unidentified suspects hurled an explosive device near a bakery in Kharadar on Sunday night, police said. The police officials added that the incident took place on Younghusband Road in the old city area near Mehran Bakery.