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

Saturday, May 11, 2013

War News for Saturday, May 11, 2013

Reported security incidents
#1: Unidentified kidnappers have abducted 11 Afghans working in a U.N.-affiliated landmine clearing program in the east of the country, officials said Saturday. The 11 were taken Thursday in a remote part of Nangarhar province, said Hazrat Hussain Mashreqiwal, provincial police spokesman. He did not name the abductors but said local officials and tribal elders were trying to negotiate the mine clearers’ freedom.

#2: An Afghan official says a bomb has killed a senior provincial intelligence official at his home in a remote northeastern corner of the country. Mohammed Zahir, spokesman for Nuristan's governor, said the province's deputy intelligence chief Faiz Mohammed died Saturday. It wasn't immediately known how the bomb was detonated but Mohammed was the only casualty.

#3: Units of Afghan police have eliminated more than two dozen Taliban militants during series of operations across the country over the past 24 hours, Interior Ministry said in a statement released here on Saturday. "The national police backed by the national army and NATO-led coalition forces have killed 26 armed Taliban rebels and injured 13 others throughout the country over the past 24 hours," the statement added. However, it did not say if there were any casualties on police.

#4: According to local authorities in eastern Kapisa province of Afghanistan, at least three people including a suicide bomber were killed and four others were injured following a suicide attack in Tagab district. Provincial governor spokesman, Qaisa Qadiri confirming the report said the incident took place on Friday afternoon after a suicide bomber detonated his explosives inside a vehicle in Tetarkhel area.