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

Wednesday, April 10, 2013

War News for Wednesday, April 10, 2013

Former News Sentinel staffer wounded in Afghan suicide bombing still in critical condition

Taliban Defend New Perch in Northern Pakistan, Gaining Sway as Election Nears

Reported security incidents
#1: The military authorities on Tuesday said they had launched a major military operation against the militants in the remote Tirah Valley of the restive Khyber tribal region in which 110 militants and 23 soldiers had been killed. “A major military operation was launched against the militants four days ago to dismantle their sanctuaries. In the four days of fighting, 110 militants and 23 Pakistan Army soldiers have been killed and dozens of militants injured,” a senior military official told The News.

#2: Gunmen shot to death a policeman protecting a team of female polio workers in northwestern Pakistan on Wednesday, the latest in a series of attacks on people working on the U.N.-backed vaccination campaign, police said.

#3: According to local authorities in western Ghor province of Afghanistan, at least two NATO-led coalition security forces were injured after an Afghan security service member opened fire on them.
The officials further added, the incident took place on Tuesday in Cheghcharan city. Provincial governor spokesman Abdul Hai Khatibi confirming the report said the injured soldiers belongs to Lithuania. He said the incident took place after an Afghan soldier called on Lithuanian troops to stop their vehicles. According to Mr. Khatibi the Afghan soldier fired a rocket propelled grenade on the armored vehicle of the Lithuanian troops, injuring two of them.

#4: According to reports, US troops have attacked a civilian bus on Kabul-Herat highway at Adraskan district in western Herat province of Afghanistan on Wednesday. At least one civilian has reportedly been killed and another one has been injured following the incident. The incident took place after the civilian bus got close to the convoy of the US troops.

#5: According to local authorities in southern Helmand province of Afghanistan, at least 10 people were killed or injured following a roadside improvised explosive device blast in this province. The officials further added, the incident took place on Tuesday in Marjah district, killing at least five people and injuring five others.

DoD: Staff Sgt. Christopher M. Ward

DoD: Spc. Wilbel A. Robles-Santa