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

Tuesday, April 9, 2013

War News for Tuesday, April 09, 2013

NATO is reporting the deaths of two ISAF soldiers from a helicopter crash in an undisclosed location in somewhere in eastern Afghanistan on Tuesday, April 9th. News reports that the chopper crashed in Nangarhar province.

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Reported security incidents
#1: NATO says one of its aircraft has crashed in eastern Afghanistan. A local Afghan official says it was a helicopter that came down because of technical problems. The U.S.-led International Security Assistance Force says one of its aircraft crashed on Tuesday in eastern Afghanistan but could not provide details due to recovery operations.

According to local authorities in eastern Nangarhar province of Afghanistan, a NATO helicopter crashed in Pechigram district on Tuesday morning. A border police commander for the 8th Battalion, Nasim Khan confirming the report said the helicopter crashed in Gera Khel area at Pechigram distrrict.

#2: According to reports, a group of Taliban militants attacked a security check post used by Afghan security forces in central Paron district of eastern Nuristan province. A local security official speaking on the condition of anonymity said the incident took place around 12:00 am local time on Tuesday and continued until dawn time. At least 2 Afghan police officers have reportedly been killed following the clashes.

#3: At least 100 militants have been killed in a military operation in Pakistan’s federally-administered tribal areas, a senior Army official told Newsweek late Monday. “The Army seized control of strategic posts from the militants and ground troops have established their positions,” said the official, who wished not to be named. He said 13 Pakistani troops have been killed and another 13 injured fighting the joint forces of the Lashkar-e-Islam militia and the Pakistani Taliban in Tirah valley. The high-pitch battle in Khyber agency’s Tirah valley started Friday.