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 20, 2013

War News for Saturday, April 20, 2013

Soldier wounded in Afghanistan returning home -snip- The 30-year-old Senkowski lost both his legs in October 2011 when an improvised explosive device exploded while he was serving in Afghanistan.

Gunmen kill Yemen intelligence officer

Reported security incidents
#1: An Australian soldier has been wounded while on duty in the Helmand province in Afghanistan. The Special Operations Task Group soldier suffered a minor fragmentation wound to the arm from a ricochet from a small arms round.

#2: A bomb blast at the main gate of a hospital in a lawless tribal area of northwest Pakistan Saturday killed at least four people and wounded four others, officials said. The explosion took place in Khar, the main town of Bajaur tribal district bordering Afghanistan. Local administration official Abdul Haseeb confirmed the bombing and casualties and said it was not immediately clear if the bomb was detonated remotely or was a suicide attack.

#3: Twelve Taliban militants were killed as they came in contact with police in Ghazni province 125 km south of Kabul Friday night, a local official Mohammad Nazif Sultani said Saturday. "The personnel of local police were on routine patrol when they came in contact with Taliban rebels in Waziri village of Muqar district last night during which 12 rebels were killed," Sultani told Xinhua. However, he refused to say if there were any casualties on the security personnel.

#4: A 22-inch-diametre pipeline supplying gas to Punjab from Sui was blown up in the Kashmor area of Rajanpur on Friday. The police said that unidentified terrorists blew up the pipeline with explosives in Faiz Muhammad Goth, suspending gas supply to several areas of Punjab.

#5: Two Taliban militants were killed as their explosive device exploded prematurely in Baghlan province 160 km north of Kabul Friday night, police said Saturday. "Three Taliban rebels were busy in making mine inside a house in Baghlan-e-Markazi district last night but the device went off prematurely killing two on the spot and injuring another," district police chief Ghulam Sakhi Rustaqi told newsmen in a press briefing here.

#6: According to local authorities in southern Helmand province of Afghanistan, at least 7 people including 2 civlians and 5 police forces were injured following a suicide attack in this province. The officials further added, the incident took place after a suicide bomber rammed a vehicle packed with explosives into a joint convoy of Afghan and coalition security forces in Sangin district on Friday.