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 16, 2013

War News for Thursday, May 16, 2013

NATO is reporting the deaths of four ISAF soldiers from a roadside bombing attack in an undisclosed location in southern Afghanistan on Tuesday, May 14th.
NATO is reporting the deaths of two ISAF soldiers from a suicide roadside bombing in Kabul, Afghanistan on Thursday, May 16th. Four contractors were also killed in the blast. News reports that a suicide vehicle attacked a NATO convoy which also killed and wounded numerous Afghanis.

Reported security incidents
#1: Gunmen on Thursday killed the driver of a NATO supply truck driving through northwest Pakistan near the Afghan border, local officials said. The shooting took place in the Jamrud area of Khyber. "Two gunmen on a motorcycle fired at a NATO truck and killed its driver," local government official Asmatullah Wazir told AFP.

#2: At least 17 government armed oppositions were killed during a clearance operation launched by the Afghan security forces in some areas of eastern Nangarhar province, an official said Thursday. Provincial police chief, Hussain Mashreqiwal told Wakht News Agency that the Afghan security forces including police, army and NDS have attended the operations coordinated with the coalition troops that launched in some districts of the province, he said.


Dancewater said...

From Reuters today:

A suicide bomber in a car attacked a convoy of foreign troops in Kabul on Thursday, killing at least 15 people including six Americans, Afghan and foreign officials said, in one of the worst attacks in the Afghan capital in months.

Forty people were wounded in the blast at around 8 a.m. (0330 GMT) during the morning rush-hour. It caused heavy damage to mud-built houses in the vicinity.

The Hezb-e-Islami insurgent group, which is allied with the Taliban, claimed responsibility For the attack on the two-vehicle convoy.

NATO's International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) said the bomber killed two of its members and four civilian contractors. It declined to give nationalities.