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 11, 2013

War News for Thursday, April 11, 2013

DOD Identifies Units for Upcoming Afghanistan Rotation

Reported security incidents
#1: A spokesman for the provincial governor in southern Uruzgan province, Abdullah Himmat, says a bomb killed the police chief of the Chora district and two of his bodyguards while they were on patrol early Thursday.

#2: Ummar Zawaq, a spokesman for the governor of Helmand, says a roadside bomb killed a civilian and wounded two others in the Marjah district, also on Thursday.

#3: At least 15 militants and one soldier were killed on Thursday when the Pakistani army conducted an operation against the Taliban in the Tirah Valley in the Khyber region.

At least seven militants were killed and several others injured in action by the Pakistan Army after two soldiers were hurt in suspected Taliban ambush on their checkpost in the Dabori area of lawless Orakzai tribal agency bordering Afghanistan, officials said. According to security officials, a group of local militants ambushed an army checkpost in the Dabori area of the tribal agency on Wednesday morning, injuring at least two personnel. Security forces killed seven militants who were trying to escape from the area in vehicles. Three militants were also injured in action, officials said.