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 25, 2013

War News for Saturday, May 25, 2013

Reported security incidents
#1: In Kabul, a man wearing an explosives-filled vest died when the vest went off as he left a home in the capital's southeast, police spokesman Hashmatullah Stanekzai said. No one else was killed or wounded, but the accidental detonation may have averted another attack in the city, which has seen two deadly suicide attacks in just over a week.

#2: On Friday afternoon, a suicide car bomber kicked off an assault targeting a guest house for aid workers with the International Organization for Migration. Kabul police on Saturday raised the siege death toll from two to four, including a 6-year-old child, two compound guards and one policeman. All six of the attackers were killed, one in the bomb and five more in an hours-long shootout with police in the upscale neighborhood that is home to the United Nations' office as well as the headquarters of the Afghan Public Protection Force and a hospital run by the National Directorate for Security. Four IOM workers were wounded including an Italian woman badly burned by a grenade, the aid group said.

#3: In the eastern province of Ghazni, another explosion at a local mosque killed four civilians and eight militants during Friday night prayers, local official Qasim Desewal said Saturday. He said that the Taliban had apparently stopped at the mosque in Andar district while traveling and the explosives they were carrying went off while they were inside.

#4: At least four militants were killed on Saturday when fighter jets bombed three militant hideouts in Tirah valley of Khyber tribal region. Reportedly, three militants were also injured in the airstrike.

#5: In another incident, three policemen were injured when their vehicle was hit by remote-control bomb in Upper Dir’s Sahibabad area.

#6: According to details, DPO Kohat, Dilawar Bangush, got injured when his convoy came under rocket and gun attack in Ghaziabad area of Matni near Peshawar from militants when he was coming to Peshawar from Kohat. Reinforcement of police was called in from Peshawar after which exchange of fire between police and militants took place. At least six police personnel were killed during exchange of firing. Police and security forces have codoned off the area and launched a search to arrest the militants.