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

Wednesday, May 8, 2013

War News for Wednesday, May 08, 2013

NATO investigating allegations of misconduct by its soldiers in southern Afghanistan

Reported security incidents
#1: Fifteen persons were injured when an explosion occurred in the main market area of Hangu while casualties are also feared, FP News desk reported. According to police, a blast occurred in the main market area of Hangu where 15 persons have been injured while casualties are also expected.

Two people were killed and 23 others were wounded on Wednesday when a suicide bomber crashed his explosives-packed car into a barrier outside a police station in Bannu district. “Two people including one woman and a policeman have been killed in the suicide attack near Domail police station in Bannu,” local police chief Abdul Ghafoor Afridi said.

#2: Three Afghan civilians were killed and five others were wounded Wednesday morning in a roadside bombing in the country's southern province of Helmand, said a provincial government spokesman. "A civilian vehicle was traveling along a road to a local marketplace in Nahri Sarraj district at around 7:30 a.m. local time. The ill-fated vehicle ran over a roadside bombing, leaving the casualties," spokesman Omar Zhwak told Xinhua.