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

Tuesday, May 7, 2013

War News for Tuesday, May 07, 2013

Reported security incidents
#1: Up to 11 civilians were wounded Tuesday in a bomb explosion in northern Afghan province of Faryab, authorities said. "An Improvised Explosive Device (IED) attached to a motorcycle was detonated in Ganja Bazaar area of Qaisar district at around 10 a.m. local time, injuring 11 civilian men," the provincial governor Mohammadullah Baktash told Xinhua.

#2: A roadside bomb struck a police van in Ghazni province 125 km south of Kabul on Tuesday killing four policemen and injuring another, spokesman for provincial administration Nabi Jan said. "A mine planted by anti-government militants struck a police van on Jabarwal area outside provincial capital the Ghazni city this morning killing four personnel of Public Order Police and wounded another," Nabi Jan told Xinhua.

DoD: Staff Sgt. Eric D. Christian

DoD: Cpl. David M. Sonka

DoD: 1stLt. Brandon J. Landrum

DoD: Staff Sgt. Francis G. Phillips IV

DoD: Spc. Kevin Cardoza

DoD: Spc. Thomas P. Murach

DoD: Spc. Brandon J. Prescott