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

Tuesday, June 18, 2013

War News for Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Afghan forces take over security from Nato

Afghan forces formally take over security of country. Now what?

Afghan Forces Struggle as U.S. Weans Them Off Support

NATO to stop combat operations in Afghanistan: chief

Canadian soldiers leave for final mission in Afghanistan

Innocent civilians killed in drone attacks: Masood Khan

US will buy Russian helicopters for Afghan military: Pentagon

Reported security incidents
#1: Three civilians died in a blast in western Kabul Tuesday ahead of the NATO transfer of responsibility for security to Afghan forces, officials said. Gen. Mohammad Daud Amin, Kabul's deputy police chief, said intended target Mohammad Mohaqiq, a lawmaker and former cabinet member from the minority Hazara community, survived the attack, but at least four bodyguards were among the nearly two dozen people wounded, the Los Angeles Times reported.

#2: Afghan Taliban say that they have shot down a helicopter of ISAF forces in western Afghanistan, but officials say that the helicopter made an emergency landing, reports said Tuesday. The Taliban spokesman, Qari Mohammad Yousaf Ahmadi, said that the Taliban shot down the foreign forces’ helicopter during a clash in the Garani area in Balabolok District of Farah Province late Monday, the Afghan Islamic Press [AIP] reported.

#3: Terrorists attacked two check posts in North Waziristan and killed two security men early Tuesday morning, Geo News reported. According to sources, two security check posts came under attack by the terrorists early Tuesday morning in North Waziristan where two security men were killed. The roads leading to the attacked checkpoints were closed for all sorts of traffic soon after the incident. On the other hand, seven terrorists were killed when two terror groups clashed with each other near Kohat while two others were injured. The area is still gripped with tension.

US DoD: Lance Cpl. Jared W. Brown


The World Around Me said...

It is such a shame that the world is turning a blind eye to these atrocities.