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 27, 2013

War News for Thursday, June 30, 2013

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Reported security incidents:
#1: Authorities say Taliban fighters ambushed a national police patrol in western Afghanistan, killing a commander and four of his men. Herat province police spokesman Abdul Raouf Ahmadi said Thursday that Taliban fighters were believed to have been killed in the overnight attack, but that it was too dark to find any bodies.

#2: On the other side of the country in Ghazni province, deputy police commander Assadullah Ensafi said police ambushed a group of Taliban fighters and killed five, including a leader believed to have been responsible for making roadside bombs and organizing suicide attacks in the area.

#3: A potential suicide bomber was reportedly killed when the detonator, he was carrying, went off before hitting the major target, SSP Saddar said, Geo News reported. SSP Saddar said the person killed in Kachlak blast was suicide bomber, adding he was killed when his detonator went off prematurely.
#4: At least one person was killed and six others injured when a blast went off near Pakistan's southwest city of Quetta on Thursday morning, reported local media Dunya. According to the report, the blast took place at about 10:20 a. m. local time in Kuchlak, a town lying some 20 km to the northwest of Quetta, capital of Balochistan Province.