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

Monday, June 17, 2013

War News for Monday, June 17, 2013

NATO is reporting the death of an ISAF soldier from non-combat relater injuries in an undisclosed location in southern Afghanistan on Sunday, June 16th.

Reported security incidents
#1: Roadside bomb attacks killed 10 Afghan soldiers ahead of the handover this week of full security responsibility for the country, the Defence Ministry said on Monday, dpa reported. "Five soldiers were killed in Kandahar, Logar and Badkhshan provinces while five others were killed in Helmand province in roadside bombings," the ministry said in a statement without giving further details. The date of the attacks was not stated.

#2: Meanwhile, a provincial police chief escaped unhurt in a suicide attack Monday in the southern province of Helmand, but two of his bodyguards and two civilians were injured, a spokesman for the governor said. "The attacker detonated his explosives-laden car close to the convoy of Mohammad Nabi Elham this morning in Lashkargah city, as he was on the way to his office," Omar Zwak said. "Elham was not hurt, but two of his bodyguards in the second car and two civilian passersby were wounded," Zwak told dpa.

#3: Insurgents fired rocket-propelled grenades and heavy machine-guns into a convoy carrying goods to the Afghan capital on Monday, killing three drivers and wounding two others, an official said. Two of the container trucks caught fire and burned from the grenade blasts at about 2:30 a.m. on the main highway about 60 kilometres (37 miles) east of Kabul, said Sarhadi Zwak, spokesman for Laghman province where the attack took place.

#4: Casualties were feared as an explosion and ensuing firing hit the house of the provincial governor in northern Afghan province of Jawzjan on Monday, authorities and witnesses said.