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

Thursday, April 4, 2013

War News for Thursday, April 04, 2013

2,200 wounded servicemen carried from Afghanistan through Azerbaijan within 8 months of 2012

Reported security incidents
#1: update Insurgents wearing Afghan National Army uniforms killed at least 44 people and wounded nearly 100 others Wednesday in a nearly nine-hour attack on Afghan government buildings in the southwestern province of Farah, said Mohammad Akram Ekhpelwak, the province's governor. The firefight has ended. Of the dead, 34 are civilians and 10 are Afghan security forces, according to Ekhpelwak. Nine armed attackers are dead, he added. The attackers drove army vehicles to gain access to the area, said police chief Noor Agha Kantoz.

#2: A NATO air strike killed four Afghan police and two civilians on Thursday, Afghan officials said. A spokesman for the US-led NATO force in Kabul told AFP that the military was checking the information. The attack happened after Taliban insurgents attacked a local police post in eastern Ghazni province before dawn and NATO planes were called in to support the officers under attack. "The NATO planes went there to assist the police, but the post was bombed and four police were killed. Two civilians present were also killed," Fazul Ahmad Tolwak, chief of Ghazni's Deh Yak district, told AFP. Ghazni provincial administration spokesman Fazul Sabawoon confirmed the incident and gave a similar account.

#3: At least three soldiers were injured and four militants killed when a group of Afghan assailants stormed an army check post in Pakistan's northwest tribal area of Kurram Agency on Thursday morning, local media reported. ARY TV said that in a pre-dawn incident, the militants coming from Afghanistan attacked the check post located in Ali Zai area of Lower Kurram Agency, a militancy-hit tribal region at Pakistan Afghan border. By using sophisticated weapons, the militants injured three soldiers and destroyed the check post partially, said that report. The troops countered the attack with full force, killing four militants and injuring six others.


Cervantes said...

F-16 crash kills U.S. pilot. Lest we forget, this is still costing us oceans of blood and treasure.

ALTAF BHAT said...

American have killed innocent civilians in afghanistan
can they escape their death and other losses

Dancewater said...

The real price is paid by the Afghans, not the Americans.

Alva said...

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