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

Saturday, June 1, 2013

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Reported security incidents
#1: The Pakistani army had killed at least 23 militants in an overnight operation launched in the country 's northwest tribal area of Kurram Agency, local media ARY reported on Saturday. The clashes between militants and security forces also killed two soldiers and wounded five others, it said.
The operation started last night in the Para Chamkani area of Kurram Agency, a restive tribal region which borders to east Afghanistan. During the operation, security forces also reportedly destroyed four militant hideouts. On Friday, a statement issued the army mouthpiece ISPR said that 19 militants were killed in separate military operations conducted in Kurram Agency and its neighboring Khyber Agency since Thursday night. In the operations, the two soldiers were also killed, said the statement.

#2: Afghan police backed by the national army and NATO-led troops have eliminated 72 Taliban insurgents during series of operations across the country over the past 24 hours, Interior Ministry said in a statement released here Saturday. "In the past 24 hours, Afghan National Police conducted several joint clearance operations with the cooperation of Afghan National Army and the Coalition Forces in Badakhshan, Balkh, Kandahar, Uruzgan, Paktika, Paktiya, Herat and Ghor provinces during which 72 armed Taliban rebels have been killed, two wounded and eight others arrested," the statement contended. However, it did not say if there were any casualties on security forces.

#3: A roadside bomb struck a police van in Dawamanda district of Khost province 150 km southeast of Kabul on Saturday, killing three commuters and injuring three others, a local official said. "A mine planted by Taliban rebels struck a vehicle of Border Police Force in Dawamanda district at around 11:30 a.m. local time today, killing three police personnel and injuring three others," the official told Xinhua but declined to be identified.

#4: At least three civilians were killed and eleven others were injured following a roadside bomb explosion in western Ghor province of Afghanistan. The incident took place in Dolaina district on Friday evening after a civilian vehicle struck a roadside improvised explosive device (IED). Provincial governor spokesman Abdulhai Khatibi confirming the report said a vehicle carrying passengers for a wedding ceremony struck a roadside bomb in Barkhol village, killing three civlians injuring eleven others.