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

Monday, May 13, 2013

War News for Monday, May 13, 2013

Afghans Say an American Tortured Civilians

Reported security incidents
#1: Afghan officials say a roadside bomb has hit a bus and killed 10 civilians, mostly women and children, in the south of the country. Kandahar province's police chief Gen. Abdul Raziq said the Monday blast wounded another 12 people in Maroof district, roughly 60 kilometers (36 miles) northeast of Kandahar city.

#2: Balochistan Inspector General of Police Mushtaq Sukhera narrowly escaped a suicide attack on Sunday that killed at least six people and wounded 46 others, officials said. IGP Sukhera had just entered his residence in Quetta when a suicide bomber in a vehicle laden with explosives blew themselves up outside. "At least two policemen, three paramilitary soldiers and one passerby were killed outside the inspector general's residence and 46 others were wounded," Home Secretary Akbar Durrani told AFP.

#3: According to reports at least two Afghan civilians were killed during a night time military operation by NATO-led coalition security forces in southern Kandahar province of Afghanistan. Local officials in Kandahar province confirming the report said coalition security forces have also detained at least four Afghan civilians during the operation which was conducted in Arghandab district.