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 23, 2013

War News for Friday, August 23, 2013

Africa and Pakistan Face Polio Outbreaks, in Blow to Global Fight

Reported security incidents
#1: A remote controlled blast occurred at Kohat Road in Peshawar when the convoy of security forces was passing through the Bazid Khel area Friday, Local tv reported. According to police, the security personnel were on their way when a bomb fixed in the motorcycle went off near the convoy at Kohat Road, causing a huge blast. As a result, one of the vehicles was partially damaged due to the impact, however, no casualty or injury was reported.

#2: A Pakistan Army soldier and a civilian were killed and over a dozen others, mostly army troops, were wounded in a bomb blast targeting a military truck in Karachi late Thursday. The blast took place around 10:00pm at Korangi No. 5 outside the Rangers Headquarters Wing 84 when a truck carrying Pakistan Army troops cruised past, police said. Two persons were killed and 18 others, including 11 army troops, were injured.

#3: At least 15 Taliban militants were killed and dozens others were injured following joint military opertions by AFghan national army and Afghan Local Police (ALP) forces in southern Helmand province of Afghanistan. According to local government officials, the operations were launched by Afghan army and Afghan Local Police (ALP) to clear the ara from militants activities. A spokesman for the provincial security department, Shamim Ahmad Noorzai said the operations were launched in Nad-e-Ali, Nawa and Marjah districts. Mr. Noori further added that Taliban militants suffered heavy casualties during the operations, but Afghan security forces did not suffer any casualties.