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

Friday, August 9, 2013

War News for Friday, August 09, 2013

Most of Lahore US consulate staff pulled out over terror threat

Reported security incidents
#1: update Nearly half the top police commanders in Pakistan’s Baluchistan province were killed Thursday when insurgents shot and killed a police inspector, then bombed his funeral hours later, where most of the province’s police commanders had gathered. At least 30 people were reported dead and 40 wounded.

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#2: Two persons were killed and another injured when a car collided with a landmine in Shakh area of Upper Kurram here on Friday, sources said. According to details, an explosion occurs when a car collided with a land mine in Shakh area.

 #3: Gunmen killed nine people and wounded 10 others when they opened fire outside a mosque on Friday morning in the outskirts here, police said. Brohi said a former provincial minister with the Pakistan Peoples Party, which headed the last national coalition government, Ali Madad Jatak, was also in the mosque and may been the target. "But we are not sure at the moment and are investigating, " he said, adding that Jatak escaped unhurt although bullets hit his car.

#4: Afghan defense ministry officials on Friday said around 200 militants mostly foreigners were killed during the operations in eastern Logar province of Afghanistan. Defense ministry spokesman, Gen. Zahir Azimi said that the main operations in Azra district have ended, and Afghan national army is currently conducting search operation.