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

Monday, July 29, 2013

War News for Monday, July 29, 2013

NATO is reporting the deaths of two ISAF soldiers from a roadside bombing attack in an undisclosed location in eastern Afghanistan on Saturday, July 27th.

Wave of car bombings in Iraq kills at least 51

Afghan Consulate official goes missing in Quetta city of Pakistan

Reported security incidents
#1: Afghan officials say nine people have been killed and more than 20 injured when they were struck by a roadside bomb. The blast occurred late on July 28 in the Shahjoi district of southern Zabul Province, on the border with Pakistan. On July29, the deputy provincial governor, Mohammad Jan Rasolyar, said a senior police official, two local policemen, and six civilians were killed in the blast. Rasolyar said the target of the bombing was the deputy district police chief. He said 12 others, mostly women and children, were also injured.

#2: Pakistani intelligence officials say a suspected U.S. drone strike has killed five people in the tribal region near the Afghan border. They say two missiles hit the Shawal area of North Waziristan Sunday evening when the men were crossing on foot into Pakistani territory from Afghanistan. The two officials spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to brief reporters.

#3: Six FC personnel were killed as their vehicle plunged into ravine near here in South Waziristan on Monday, Geo News reported. Political administration said the FC vehicle was on its way from Wana to Tank, when during a turn near Gomal Zam Dam skidded and plunged into ravine, killing six FC personnel on board the vehicle.

#4: An Afghan soldier has killed a soldier and an officer and wounded another soldier and he managed to escape, Afghan media reported Monday. The incident occurred in the Kandgal area of Manugai District of Konar Province Sunday evening, an army spokesman, Harun Yusofzai, told Afghan Islamic Press news agency. He added: "A national army soldier opened fire at other soldiers at a security checkpoint. As a result, one soldier and an officer were killed and another soldier wounded. The attacker fled the area."

#5: At least 83 anti-government armed militants were killed during the major military offensive launched by Afghan national army in eastern Logar and Nangarhar province of Afghanistan. The ministry of defense of Afghanistan confirmed that the 83 militants were killed during the “Simurgh” military operaton in Azra and Hesarak districts.