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 16, 2013

War News for Friday, August 16, 2013

Laurel soldier injured in Afghanistan, 3 killed

Reported security incidents
#1: At least three passengers were killed and 23 others injured in a rocket and armed attack on a Rawalpindi bound train in Bolan district on Friday. Sources said that a rocket was fired at the Jaffar Express while it was passing through the mountainous region near Kolpur in Bolan district. He said that unknown armed men opened fire on the train following the rocket attack.

#2: Police encounter in Gulshan-e-Iqbal's Safari Park between police and criminals has left three policemen, including a DSP dead. The Wednesday midnight encounter which also left 3 criminals killed, began when beater of Gulistan Johar Thana, Waseem approached criminals of adjoining Madad Goth for demanding extortion money, which was more than the agreed amount.

#3: Two dozen militants have been killed and 10 others injured in different parts of Afghanistan, authorities said Friday.

#4: Five Afghan soldiers and three civilians were wounded Friday morning in suicide bombing in southern Afghan province of Kandahar, said a provincial source.

#5: A heavy explosion rocked capital Kabul on Friday afternoon. The incident took place in a densely populated area of Kabul city, however, no one was killed or injured following the blast. According to reports the incident took place in Cinema Pamir area of Kabul city after a suicide bomber detonated his explosives. In the meantime deputy security chief for Kabul city, Gen. Daud Amin said that the explosion took place after a magnetic bomb planted in a vehicle went off.