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

Thursday, June 13, 2013

War News for Thursday, June 13, 2013

The US/DoD is reporting the death of a soldier previously unreported by the military. Staff Sgt. Jesse L. Thomas Jr. died from unreported causes somewhere in Helmand province, Afghanistan on Monday, June 10th.

Reported security incidents
#1: Six Afghan policemen were found shot at their checkpoint in the country's south and two other policemen were missing, raising suspicions they killed their comrades, an official said Thursday. District chief Nayamatullah Samim said that the policemen's bodies were discovered in the shelter near their checkpoint Wednesday night in Musa Qala district of Helmand province, after they did not check in with their superiors. Two other officers assigned to the checkpoint were missing, along with vehicles and weapons.

#2: Afghan security forces raided a Taliban hideout in northern Afghan province of Kunduz, killing seven militants including a shadowy district governor on Thursday, a local official said. "The security forces including police stormed a hideout of Taliban rebels in Dasht-e-Archi district at around 03:00 a.m. local time today, leaving seven militants including Qari Mohammad Halim, the shadowy governor of the district dead," Hamid Agha the district police chief, told Xinhua. There were no casualties on security forces, he added.

DoD: Lt. Col. Todd J. Clark

DoD: Maj. Jaimie E. Leonard

DoD: Staff Sgt. Jesse L. Thomas Jr.