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

Thursday, July 4, 2013

War News for Thursday, July 04, 2013

NATO is reporting the death of an ISAF soldier from an insurgent attack  in an undisclosed location in western Afghanistan on Thursday, July 4th.

Study: Drones Killed 10 Times More Civilians Than Manned Aircrafts In Afghanistan

Pakistan denounces latest Drone attack

Reported security incidents
#1: GUNMEN have shot dead one of the most high-profile female police officers in Afghanistan, underlining the threat to women who take on public roles in the country. Lieutenant Islam Bibi was a well-known face of female advancement but admitted to receiving regular death threats from people who disapproved of her career - including from her own brother. "She was shot by unknown assailants when she was being driven to work by her son in the morning," Helmand provincial government spokesman Omar Zwak told AFP.

#2: Roadside bombs killed four young girls and two schoolboys in Afghanistan on Thursday. The girls, aged 10 to 12 years, had been sent by their families to a river to fetch some water for a wedding that was being held in a home on the outskirts of the provincial capital of Lashkar Gah, Helmand governor's spokesman Ummar Zawaq said. The bomb went off alongside a footpath through a field the girls had taken to make their way back home, Zawaq said. And in the eastern province of Paktika, two schoolboys were killed on their way walking home from classes in the afternoon when they triggered a roadside bomb, the governor's office said in a statement.

#3: In other violence Thursday, 11 Taliban militants were killed in two different operations in the province of Lowgar, just south of Kabul, and seven others were wounded, the Ministry of Defense said. One Afghan soldier was also killed.

#4: At least four soldiers were killed and three others injured today in a suicide attack on a security check-post in Pakistan's restive North Waziristan tribal region. A suicide bomber struck his explosive-laden vehicle into a security check-post in Watta Khel, killing four and injuring three other officials, according to sources.

#5: Militants attacked a Nato tanker and killed its driver and injured two others in Balochistan's restive Khuzdar district on Thursday. Police sources said four militants on two motorcycles opened indiscriminate fire at the tanker in Wadh tehsil of Khuzdar district. The militants set the tanker on fire before fleeing the scene.

#6: Security forces killed two militants in a clash that took place in Matni area of Peshawar, FP News desk reported Peshawar. According to sources, police and other law enforcement agencies kicked off a search operation in Matni and raided a house following a tip off regarding the presence of militants. During the operation, terrorists opened fire on the security personnel, killing one cop and injuring another.

#7: At least three employees of an international non-governmental organization was kidnapped by unknown gunmen in western Herat province of Afghanistan. According to local authorities the hostages belongs to Norwegian Refugee Council and were abducted by unknown gunmen from Guzara district in Snogerd area.

DoD: Spc. Hilda I. Clayton

News: UK. Civ. Contractor: Mark Duffus

News: US. Civ. Contractor: Kurt Muncy


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