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 11, 2013

War News for Thursday, July 11, 2013

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UK to withdraw 5200 troops from Afghanistan by end of 2013

US wastes $34M on base in Afghanistan it will never use

Reported security incidents

#1: Afghan officials say at least five people, including two police officers, have been killed by two bombs in the southern province of Helmand. Ummar Zawaq, a spokesman for the provincial governor, said three civilians were killed when their car struck a roadside bomb. Zawaq said two police officers who had rushed to the scene to help the victims died when a second bomb went off.
#2: According to another report, an intelligence official was wounded and his guard killed in a roadside bombing in Kajran district of central Bamyan province.

#3: Two people were killed and three others injured in a powerful bomb blast near Kacha Pakha area of Kohat, which is adjacent to Pakistan’s restive tribal areas along the Afghan border, Local News Channel reported. According to initial details, the bomb planted in a motorcycle exploded on Hangu road, killing at least two people and injuring several others.

SL/DM: čatár Daniel Kavuliak