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

Thursday, May 2, 2013

War News for Thursday, May 02, 2013

Reported security incidents
#1: An Afghan security official says a border policeman has been killed in what appears to have been an exchange of fire with Pakistani troops along the boundary between the two nations. Interior Ministry spokesman Sediq Sediqi said on Thursday that Pakistani forces fired artillery rounds late Wednesday at Afghan border police in the Goshta district of eastern Nangarhar provice. He says that in an ensuing five-hour firefight, an Afghan border policeman was killed. But a Pakistani military official says the exchange involved Afghan militants firing at Pakistani border forces. The official spoke on condition of anonymity in line with military policy.

#2: A Taliban bomb killed eight Afghan police Thursday in Logar province outside the capital Kabul, officials said, four days after the insurgents started their annual "spring offensive". The members of the Afghan Local Police (ALP) force were on a joint-patrol with NATO-led coalition forces near Puli Alam town when the blast was detonated. "One of the police vehicles hit an IED (improvised explosive device) in which eight local police were killed and their pick-up truck was totally destroyed," Rais Khan Sadeq, Logar provincial deputy police chief, told AFP.

#3: According to local authorities in northern Faryab province of Afghanistan, Taliban militants abducted around 28 Afghan local police forces after attacking a number of security check posts in Ghormach district. The officials further added, Taliban militants had abducted the Afghan local police officers from four security check posts. In the meantime local tribal elders in Faryab province are saying that Taliban militants have abducted around 46 local police officers during the attack which continued for several hours however neither the Taliban militants nor Afghan security forces suffered any casualties.

#4: Units of Afghan police raided Taliban hideouts in Ghazni province 125 km south of Kabul late Wednesday night, leaving six militants dead, provincial police chief Zarawar Zahid said Thursday. "The operation was launched in Zana Khan District late last night and lasted for a while during which six rebels had been killed," Zahid told Xinhua.

MoD: Corporal William Savage

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