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 21, 2013

War News for Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Torture Victim’s Body Is Found Near U.S. Base, Afghans Say

Police: Bombings in northern Iraq; 14 dead, many wounded

Reported security incidents
#1: At least seven policemen have been killed by a roadside bomb in western Afghanistan, officials say. The policemen were travelling in the Chashti Shareef district of Herat province when their vehicle was hit.

#2: Meanwhile, a Taliban offensive in southern Afghanistan has killed four police officers. Officials say a large number of Taliban fighters attacked several security checkpoints in Helmand province.

Taliban aims victory after NATO pullout from Afghanistan: Azimi

An Afghan provincial official said Tuesday that four Afghan policemen and 26 militants have been killed in ongoing clashes in the country's southern province of Helmand. "Militants numbered hundreds launched armed attacks against police checkpoints in Pirozo and Kolali areas of Sangin district Monday morning and clashes still going on there till now," the provincial government spokesman Omar Zawak told Xinhua. Up to Tuesday morning, four Afghan National Police (ANP) members and 26 militants died and five cops wounded in the clashes, he said.

#3: Eighteen militants have been killed and 22 others detained in a series of operations in different Afghan provinces within the last 24 hours, the country's Interior Ministry said Tuesday. "Up to 18 armed Taliban have been killed and 22 others captured in Nangarhar, Kandahar, Zabul, Wardak, Logar, Ghazni, Paktiya and Helmand provinces when Afghan National Police (ANP), supported by army and the NATO-led coalition troops, conducted cleanup operations over the past 24 hours," the ministry said in a statement.

#4: Earlier on Tuesday, 13 Taliban militants were killed in two separate blasts when the IEDs they were placing to target security forces went off prematurely in Gilan district of eastern Ghazni province, said Nazifullah Sultanzay an Afghan army spokesman in eastern region.

DoD (updated release): Pfc. Cody J. Towse

DoD: Sgt. Eugene M Aguon

DoD: Spc. Dwayne W. Flores