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 18, 2013

War News for Thursday, July 18, 2013

Car bomb explodes outside mosque in Bahrain

Pakistan deny airspace violation by NATO helicopters

Reported security incidents
#1: An Afghan boy, 12, was killed by his own bombs as he attempted to attack a convoy of Afghan and NATO troops, a Ghazni, Afghanistan, security chief said. Provincial security chief Haji Asadullah confirmed the boy had explosives on his bicycle, which detonated while a convoy of troops. Asadullah added a police officer was injured, but Afghan and coalition troops did not suffer casualties.

#2: Eight Afghan labourers who were on their way to work at a US military base in Logar province have been shot dead, local officials say. The men, aged between 15 and 25, were in a van when they were stopped by gunmen, forced out and shot, a local government spokesman said. The attack took place in the early hours of Thursday morning in the Pad Khwab area of Logar's capital, Pol-e-Alam.

#3: At least two soldiers of paramilitary Frontier Corps were killed and three others injured Thursday when armed men ambushed their vehicle in north-west Pakistan's restive tribal region, officials said. The gunmen attacked the vehicle carrying soldiers in Kamar area of Bajaur, one of the seven tribal districts, where al Qaeda linked militants have hideouts. An official from office of the political agent, the civilian administrator of the district, said that the FC was on routine patrol in the suburbs of the district headquarter Khar, when the incident occurred. "Two soldiers were killed and three injured in the attack," said the official.

#4: AN Australian Special Forces soldier has been wounded during an operation in Afghanistan. The soldier suffered fractures and concussion during an unspecified incident last week but the injuries were not life-threatening, Chief of Joint Operations Lieutenant General Ash Power said.

#5: A main transmission line was damaged by miscreants in Balochistan overnight, resulting in suspension of electricity to 18 districts of the province, local tv reported.

#6: Seven Afghan national army soldiers were killed following roadside improvised explosive device (IED) and militants attacks during the past 24 hours across the country. Afghan defense ministry in a statement on Wednesday confirmed that seven Afghan national army soldiers were killed in various provinces of Afghanistan during the past 24 hours. The statement further added that the national army soldiers were killed in IED and Taliban militants attacks in Logar, Ghazni and Helmand provinces of Afghanistan.


US/DoD: Staff Sgt. Sonny C. Zimmerman