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

Monday, August 12, 2013

War News for Monday, August 12, 2013

NATO is reporting the deaths of three ISAF soldiers from an insurgent attack in an undisclosed location in eastern Afghanistan on Sunday, August 11th.

Defence announces end to combat duties in Afghanistan

Cholera outbreak infects over 1400 people in Badakhshan province

Reported security incidents
#1: At least four armed men were killed Monday in a search operation carried out by Frontier Corps (FC) personnel in Balochistan’s Bolan district. During the raid, an exchange of fire took place between militants and security personnel. Subsequently, four miscreants were killed, according to FC sources.

#2: The bomb planted near Carkhano market of Hayatabad has been defused on Monday here, Local tv reported.

#3: A roadside bomb struck a car in Charchino district of Uruzgan province 370 km south of Kabul on Sunday, killing three people and injuring two others, provincial police spokesman Farid Ayel said. "A mine planted by militants struck a civilian car at around 01: 00 p.m. local time today, killing two children and their father and injuring two others," Ayel told Xinhua.

#4: One police constable was killed and two others sustained injuries as police and Taliban militants came in contact in Baghlan Province, 160 km north of Kabul Sunday night, police said Monday. "The clash occurred in Baghlan-e-Markazi District late Sunday night when the Taliban rebels opened fire on police patrol, killing a constable and injuring two others," Sayed Mir, police chief of Baghlan-e-Markazi told Xinhua.

#5: At least 11 people were killed or injured following a string of explosions in southern Uruzgan province of Afghanistan.