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 29, 2013

War News for Saturday, June 29, 2013

US wasting millions on Afghan aircraft

British troops won't leave Afghanistan until the end of the decade reveals senior commander as Cameron visits the frontline

Reported security incidents
#1: Afghan authorities say a suicide car bomber has attacked a NATO convoy, killing two Afghan civilians. The Farah provincial governor's spokesman Abdul Rahman Zhawandi said Saturday a man and woman on a motorcycle riding near the convoy were killed when the attacker struck Friday evening. Five civilians were wounded. Coalition forces spokesman Capt. Luca Carniel says no NATO forces were hurt in the attack, but did provide medical assistance to the wounded civilians.

#2: Elsewhere, in central Oruzgan province, police spokesman Fareed Ayal said 20 Taliban fighters and one police officer were killed in an operation late Friday.

#3: At least one person was killed and four more were injured in a rocket attack on a house located in Chief Minister Sindh, Syed Qaim Ali Shah’s hometown, Khairpur, early on Saturday morning, Geo News reported. The police said the assailants fired a rocket at a house in Kot Daiji near Shanbani village, which killed a local landholder, Abdul Sattar Shanbani, and left four other occupants wounded.

#4: Seven Pakistani Taliban killed in by Afghan Security Forces in Nuristan province yesterday. The Taliban killed   in the Kamdish district along Durand Line when a group of them attacked on a police security post in the area. A police official in the eastern province of Nuristan said BNA; seven Pakistani nationals were killed in Kamdish district. According to him, Taliban aiming to capture Afghan security posts cross the Durand line but repulsed by Afghan forces. Security officials of Nuristan confirmed that two Afghan troops were wounded in the clash.