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 15, 2013

War News for Saturday, June 15, 2013

Reported security incidents
#1: A roadside bomb struck a police van in eastern Afghanistan on Saturday, killing five police as they were on their way to a training session, authorities said. Seven other police were wounded in the early morning blast in Paktika province, a statement from the provincial governor's office said.

#2: An Afghan border protection police officer was killed following cross-border shelling by Pakistan in southern Kandahar province of Afghanistan on Friday. Pakistani military started shelling Maruf district in southern Kandahar province of Afghanistan on Friday afternoon, 1TV News reported. Provincial security chief Gen. Abdul Razaq said a civilian worker was killed and two Afghan border police officers were injured after a missile hit an Afghan check post.

#3: Five Taliban militants were killed and two coalition security forces were injured following clashes in central Maidan Wardak province of Afghanistan, local officials said. provincial security commandment following a statement confirmed the report and said the clashes took place on Thursday in Syedabad district.