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 27, 2013

War News for Monday, May 27, 2013

NATO is reporting the death of an ISAF soldier from an indirect fire attack in an undisclosed location in eastern Afghanistan on Sunday, May 26th.

Afghan police casualties rise as Taliban attacks surge

Reported security incidents
#1: The coalition also said a car bomb hit a Nato convoy early on Monday in the country’s west, but there were no military casualties. Three Afghan civilians were wounded in the blast that hit the convoy in Farah province, deputy governor Mohammad Rasouli said.

A suicide bomber attacked an Italian troop convoy Monday, injuring two soldiers and two Afghan civilians in western Afghanistan, an official said. Farah provincial government spokesman Abdul Rahman Zhwandai said the attacker drove an explosives-filled car and detonated it near the convoy.

#2: Two soldiers were injured in an explosion near a security checkpost in Janikhel area in Frontier Region (FR) Bannu on Sunday, sources said.The sources said explosive device planted by unidentified persons near the security checkpost in Janikhel area went off, leaving two soldiers injured.

#2: An electricity pylon was blown up in the Jaganath area of the district early Sunday, police officials said.They said four bombs planted under the pylon exploded one after the other, causing suspension of the power supply to the Sheikh Mohammadi gridstation in Peshawar for a few hours, the sources added.

#3: Heavy clashes have been reported in eastern Ghazni city after several Taliban militants carried out attack on a number of security check posts on Sunday evening. Deputy provincial governor Mohammad Ali Ahmadi confirming the report said heavy clashes are going on in Khosh, Khak-e-Gharibha and Sanjak areas of Ghazni city. According to reports heavy and light weapons are used during the clashes between Taliban militants and Afghan security forces and there are fears that clashes could harm local residents.