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 25, 2013

War News for Thursday, April 25, 2013

At least 10 Iraq policemen killed in clashes with militants-sources

Reported security incidents
#1: Pakistani police officials say several people were killed when militants attacked a police station in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Province, which borders on Afghanistan. The officials say the attack on the station in the Karak district began late on April 24. An official at the Dawood hah Tehsil police station told RFE/RL's Radio Mashaal that four militants and two policemen were killed in the clash. The official, Nasir Khan, said fighting is still under way.

#2: A man was killed on Thursday while three others were injured when a blast occurred in Parachinar area after a tractor trolley collided with an improvised explosive device (IED) fixed on the road. According to reports‚ a tractor trolley hit an IED along the road that caused the blast. Resultantly‚ one man was killed while three others were wounded. They were shifted to Parachinar hospital for treatment.

#3: In addition, four Taliban militants were killed and one was wounded when the IEDs they were placing along two roads in eastern Laghman province detonated prematurely overnight, the provincial government said in a statement.