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 28, 2013

War News for Friday, June 28, 2013

NATO is reporting the death of an ISAF soldier from a non-combat related injury in an undisclosed location in eastern Afghanistan on Friday, June 28th.

UK forces begin transfer of Afghan detainees

Reported security incidents
#1: At least three people including a woman were killed and ten others injured after unidentified men opened indiscriminate fire on shops in Kharadar, the old city area of Karachi on Friday. According to police, unidentified men riding on six motorcycles opened fires on shops near Mehran Bakery in Kharadar area, killing three people and injuring 10 others. A car and several shops also came under attack.
#2: Five Afghan civilians were killed as a roadside bomb struck a car in the eastern Laghman province on Thursday, a local official said. "A mine planted by militants struck a car in Omarzai area in the outskirt of provincial capital Mehterlam at around 03:00 p.m. local time today (Thursday), leaving five civilians dead and injured another," spokesman for provincial administration SarhadiZawak told Xinhua.