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 25, 2013

War News for Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Reported security incidents
#1: An Italian C130 military aircraft drew light fire in Afghanistan Sunday morning as it made a tactical flight in the province of Farah. There were no injuries, and the airplane proceeded regularly with its mission to the Herat military airport. An investigation is underway into damage made to the airplane.

#2: The Taliban launched a coordinated attack on the Afghan presidential palace in Kabul early on Tuesday. The attack began shortly after 6:30 a.m., when a group of gunmen emerged from a small white minibus not far from the Salam Khana Gate outside the heavily fortified palace and opened fire on presidential guards. These attacks included an assault by militants armed with machine guns, rocket-propelled grenades and suicide vests on the military side of Kabul International Airport
#3: Afghan officials say a brazen Taliban assault on the presidential palace in Kabul has left three guards dead. The militant group had earlier said that all eight attackers died in the early Tuesday attack on one of the most secure parts of the Afghan capital. Militants with false papers and military-style uniforms bluffed their way through two checkpoints on their way to the palace before jumping out of their explosives-packed vehicle and opening fire on security personnel. Another carload of Taliban fighters got stuck between two checkpoints and detonated their own car bomb.

#4: Eight Afghan women and two children were killed and three other civilians were wounded Tuesday morning when a vehicle was struck by a roadside bomb in the southern province of Kandahar, a source said.

US/DoD: Spc. Javier Sanchez Jr.