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

Friday, July 19, 2013

War News for Friday, July 19, 2013

Afghan customs fines hike cost of U.S. military pullout

Customs issues halts flow of US military equipments from Afghanistan

Reported security incidents
#1: A bomb in eastern Afghanistan killed five children and a woman after it went off as they were playing with it inside a Taliban commander's home, an official said Friday. The incident occurred on Thursday morning in the remote Mata Khan district, inside the house of an insurgent leader named Abdullah, said Mokhlis Afghan, a spokesman for the governor in Paktika province.

#2: A Slovak soldier who suffered serious injuries after being shot in the chest in a recent attack at the Kandahar military base in Afghanistan is to undergo further surgery, Slovak Armed Forces spokesperson Milan Vanga told the TASR newswire on Thursday, July 18. He revealed that the condition of the other seriously injured soldier, who was shot in the head, remains critical.

#3: Thirty-two militants have been killed in different Afghan provinces in the last 24 hours, said the country's Interior Ministry on Friday. "Afghan forces and the NATO-led coalition troops conducted cleanup operations in Baghlan, Kunduz, Balkh, Logar, Helmand and Kandahar provinces over the past 24 hours. As a result 26 Taliban insurgents had been killed, five wounded and six Taliban were detained," the ministry said in a statement providing daily operational updates.