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 24, 2013

War News for Monday, June 24, 2013

NATO is reporting the death of an ISAF soldier from a roadside bombing in an undisclosed location in eastern Afghanistan on Sunday, June 23rd.

NATO is reporting the death of a second ISAF soldier from a roadside bombing in an undisclosed location in eastern Afghanistan on Sunday, June 23rd.


Reported security incidents
#1: Twenty-three militants have been killed in different provinces within the last 24 hours, said the Afghan Interior Ministry on Monday morning. "A series of cleanup operations in Nangarhar, Kandahar, Zabul and Helmand provinces claimed the lives of 20 armed Taliban. Two Taliban wounded and four other armed Taliban were arrested," the ministry said in a press release providing daily operational updates. Afghan National Police (ANP), army, intelligence agency personnel and NATO-led coalition forces were involved in the raids, it noted.

#2: In addition, three Taliban members, including a local leader named Qari Dad Mohammad, were killed early Monday morning when an IED they were placing along a road in Langari area of the Kunduz city, the provincial capital of northern Kunduz province, went off prematurely, a police spokesman Sayed Sarwar Husainni told Xinhua earlier Monday.

#3: A senior police officer and his driver have been shot dead in the north-western Pakistani city of Peshawar, officials say. Amanullah Khan, a deputy superintendent, was in charge of traffic police in the city, the Associated Press news agency reports.

AU/DoD: Corporal Cameron Stewart Baird