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 30, 2013

War News for Friday, August 30, 2013

Reported security incidents
#1: Officials in Afghanistan's northern province of Kunduz say a district governor has been killed in a suicide bombing attack. Dashi Archi district Governor Sheik Sadruddin Sadee died when the bomber detonated his explosives at a mosque on August 30. The local police chief's spokesman told RFE/RL's Radio Free Afghanistan that the attack killed six other people and injured 12. Reports say the bombing occurred as mourners were attending a funeral ceremony for a tribal elder.

#2: 57 militants were killed in operations launched by the Afghan police, army and the NATO-led coalition forces since Thursday, the country's Interior Ministry said on Friday. "During joint cleanup operations conducted by Afghan police, army and the coalition troops, 57 Taliban insurgents were killed, 10 wounded and four detained over the past 24 hours," the ministry said in a statement. The raids took place in Baghlan, Kunduz Nangarhar, Kapisa, Sari Pul, Jawzjan, Kandahar and Helmand provinces to clear the areas from militants, the statement said.

US/DoD: 1st Lt. Jason Togi

US/DoD: Sgt. 1st Class Ricardo D. Young