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

Saturday, August 10, 2013

War News for Saturday, August 10, 2013

100 teachers and education officials killed in Afghanistan: MOE

Reported security incidents
#1: Three Chinese citizens were killed and another two remained missing Thursday in Afghanistan's capital of Kabul, said Chinese Embassy here Friday. The fatal crime occurred in an apartment building in Kabul and was believed to target on Chinese citizens, the embassy said in a statement.

#2: At least two armed men were killed in retaliatory fire by Frontier Corps (FC) after the militants attacked the checkpost in district Mastung. According to FC spokesman, the two attackers were killed in retaliatory fire by the FC when armed men attacked the checkpost in Ispalangi areas.

#3: At least six militants have been killed in an exchange of firing during search operation by Balochistan Levies and security forces in Machh area of Bolan district.

#4: At least five members of a family were killed following a roadside improvised explosive device (IED) explosion in western Farah province of Afghanistan. A spokesman for the provincial security commandment, Ahmad Fawad Askari confirming the report said the incident took place after a corolla vehicle struck with the roadside bomb.