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 25, 2013

War News for Thursday, July 25, 2013

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Militants ‘executed’ drivers in Iraq

Watchdog critical of State Department contracting in Afghanistan

National Guard (in Federal Status) and Reserve Activated as of July 23, 2013

Reported security incidents
#1: The first attack took place in Kunduz city, the capital of Kunduz province 250 km north of Afghan capital Kabul, killing three people and injuring four others, police said. "A vehicle of National Directorate for Security (NDS) was running in Bandar-e-Kabul area of the city when a sticky bomb attached to the vehicle by militants went off at 07:00 a.m. local time, killing one NDS personnel aboard and two civilian passersby on the spot," a police official told Xinhua but declined to be named. Four more people sustained injuries and several shops and houses were damaged nearby in the blast, he added.

#2: Hour later in a similar bombing in Aqcha district of Jauzjan province 390 km north of Kabul, two people lost their lives and 10 others got wounded. "A bomb planted by the armed militants in Aqcha district and detonated at around 08:00 a.m. local time left two people including a police dead and injured 10 others including four policemen," a local official told Xinhua but declined to be identified. The police chief of Aqcha district Jawad Jahid said the enemies of peace, a reference to Taliban militants, planed explosive device on a rickshaw and detonated it next to a police vehicle inflicting casualties.

#3: Two persons were killed when unknown gunmen opened fire on a vehicle carrying the Frontier Reserve Police (FRP) official in Gulbahar area of Peshawar Thursday morning, Geo News reported. "The deputy commander of Frontier Reserve Police (FRP) Gul Wali Khan was going to his office from home when four people on two motorbikes lay in wait on both sides of the road," police official Imran Shahid said. "They opened fire on his vehicle. His bodyguard and his driver have been killed," Shahid told. A spokesman for the Lady Reading Hospital in Peshawar said the commander was in critical condition.

#4: The attack came hours after suicide gunmen and car bombers targeted the headquarters of Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) in the southern town of Sukkur, sparking a shootout that left seven people dead, two officials and five attackers.