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

Wednesday, June 12, 2013

War News for Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Two Georgian military bases closed in Afghanistan

Reported security incidents

#1: A motorcycle bomb killed an Afghan soldier and a civilian Wednesday and wounded 15 other people in southern Afghanistan, officials said, according to The Associated Press. The blast was near a market in Helmand province's heavily contested Sangin district, local police chief Ghulam Ali said, adding that three soldiers, one local police officer and 11 civilians were among the wounded.
#2: Militants in eastern Afghanistan attacked a NATO convoy carrying supplies on Tuesday night, killing two Afghan police officers and two truck drivers, provincial deputy police chief Asadullah Insafi said.
#3: Three insurgents were also killed in the attack in the eastern province of Ghazni, Insafi said.
#4: A Taliban suicide car bomber yesterday targeted staff at Afghanistan’s top court, killing 15 civilians and wounding 40 others in the second attack in two days in the heavily fortified capital, police said. Women and children were among those killed and injured in the powerful explosion at the entrance to the Supreme Court, near the US embassy as buses waited to take court staff home at the end of the working day, officials said.
#5: Eight insurgents had been killed and 14 detained in military operations since early Tuesday, the NATO- led International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) said on Wednesday morning. "Afghan National Security and Coalition Forces killed eight enemies of Afghanistan, detained 14 suspected enemies of Afghanistan and found and safely cleared nine improvised explosive devices during operations in eastern Afghanistan throughout the past 24 hours," the ISAF's Regional Command-East said in a press statement. The operations were conducted in eastern Paktiya, Paktika, Nangarhar, Wardak and Ghanzi province, the statement noted.
#6: The 4th Special Operations Kandak of the Afghan National Army Special Forces and Afghan National Army soldiers killed seven armed insurgents and reduced homemade explosives in Bala Baluk district, Farah Province, June 10. The combined forces were conducting a cordon and search operation to deny insurgents a safe haven in Shewan village. Insurgents attacked the Commandos and ANA with assault rifles and rocket-propelled grenades.
#7: According to reports a NATO-led International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) helicopter made an emergency landing in southern Kandahar province of Afghanistan. Officials in Kandahar provincial governor office confirmed that the helicopter made emergency landing. In the meantime Taliban group claimed that the helicopter was shot down by Taliban fighters. International Secrurity Assistance Force (ISAF) confirming the report said, “A coalition aircraft conducted a hard landing in southern Afghanistan today. Currently no casualties have been reported.”