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 16, 2013

War News for Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Reported security incidents
#1: Afghan commandos killed 22 insurgents on Monday during an operation to capture a Taliban commander in eastern Afghanistan, police and the U.S. military said. The raid was carried out in the Bati Kot district of Nangarhar when a team of commandos raided a village, the U.S.-led Combined Joint Special Operations Task Force said. The Taliban commander, Jamal Faroqi, was killed in the raid and 10 insurgents were captured.

#2: The son, brother and nephew of PML-N provincial President Sardar Sanaullah Khan Zehri were among the four people killed while several others were injured in an attack on his convoy in the Ghut bridge area here on Tuesday. A remote controlled explosion went off after Zehri’s convoy passed Ghat Bridge killing Zehri’s son Mir Sikander, his brother Mir Mehar and nephew Mir Zaid. At least 25 to 30 others were also injured in the remote controlled bomb that was planted under the bridge.

#3: Five security personnel on Tuesday were injured in clashes between security forces and militants in the Akka Khel area of Bara in Khyber Agency. Security forces also defused five Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs) planted by militants to target them. Official sources said that militants attacked security forces at about 1:30 am Tuesday morning which was then repulsed.

DoD: Chief Warrant Officer Matthew P. Ruffner

DoD: Chief Warrant Officer Jarett M. Yoder