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

Friday, June 21, 2013

War News for Friday, June 21, 2013

Chomsky terms surveillance an attack on US citizens - snip -  “Governments should not have this capacity. But governments will use whatever technology is available to them to combat their primary enemy – which is their own population,” he said in an interview.

IOM worker injured in Kabul May 24 dies

Reported security incidents
#1: Militants armed with guns and rockets killed two members of a Pakistani pro-government militia and wounded two policemen in a tribal district on the Afghanistan border, officials said Friday. About a dozen insurgents attacked the homes of two tribal elders near Khar, the main town in Bajaur, late Thursday, administration official Abdul Haseeb said. The two elders, who were members of a pro-government tribal militia, were killed and two tribal policemen were wounded, Haseeb told AFP.

#2: A bomb attack has killed 14 people and wounded more than 25 others at a Shi'ite Muslim mosque and seminary on the outskirts of Pakistan's northwestern city of Peshawar, police say. "It was a suicide attack in which 14 people were killed and more than 25 others were wounded," senior police official Shafi Ullah told AFP at the scene on Friday. "The suicide bomber, who was on foot, first opened fire at police guards who were deployed outside the mosque, then entered the prayer hall where he blew himself up amid worshippers just before the start of prayers."

#3: Afghan police backed by the units of the national army eliminated over two dozen Taliban militants including some commanders in the eastern Nangarhar province, 120 km east of Afghan capital Kabul on Thursday, Interior Ministry said in a statement on Friday. "Personnel of national police backed by the army raided Taliban hideouts in Achin district of Nangarhar province late Thursday night killing 25 rebels including eight local commanders," the statement said.

#4: According to local authorities in northern Parwan province of Afghanistan, Taliban militants have beheaded two Afghan security forces along with their two family members in this province.
Provincial governor Basir Salangi confriming the report said, “Taliban militants beheaded an Afghan intelligence officer along with a member of his family, and an Afghan police officer together with his brother.”
US/DoD: Sgt. Justin R. Johnson
US/DoD: Spc. Ember M. Alt
US/DoD: Spc. Robert W. Ellis
US/DoD: Spc. William R. Moody