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

Saturday, April 13, 2013

War News for Saturday, April 13, 2013

Reported security incidents
#1: Militants blew up the election office of an independent candidate in North Waziristan tribal agency on Saturday, adding to security fears ahead of historic national polls next month. No one was hurt in the bombing in Miranshah, the main town in North Waziristan, bordering Afghanistan.

#2: A civilian helicopter was damaged on Saturday morning when militants fired three rockets at the Jalalabad airport in the eastern province of Nangarhar, an official and ISAF said. The helicopter was damaged at around 5am when the three rockets landed inside the airfield of the International Security Assistance Force (ISAF), an Afghan guard of the airbase said on condition of anonymity.

#3: At least eight persons were killed and 10 others injured today when a powerful blast ripped through a minibus on the outskirts of Peshawar city of north-west Pakistan, police and witnesses said. Police officials said a bomb planted inside the minibus exploded as the vehicle was passing through a market in the suburb of Mattani this afternoon.