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

Tuesday, August 13, 2013

War News for Tuesday, August 12, 2013

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Reported security incidents
#1: A bomb blast killed a public representative and injured his three friends as they visited a cemetery in the southern city of Kandahar, police said on Tuesday.

#2: Police have found eight bodies in Ghanzi province some 120 km south of Kabul, a local official said Tuesday. Our police found eight bodies from Muqar district Monday night, and all the victims apparently are civilians," deputy to provincial governor Mohammad Ali Ahmadi told Xinhua.

#3: Two Taliban militants were killed and two others injured as clash flared up in Ghormach district, Faryab province Monday night, a local official said Tuesday. The clash, according to Mohammad Reza, occurred when Taliban militants opened fire on a police patrol and police returned fire killing two militants on the spot and injuring two others. There were no casualties on police, he added.
#4: Fourteen militants have been killed in separate cleanup operations across Afghanistan over the last 24 hours, the Afghan Interior Ministry said Tuesday morning. "In past 24 hours, Afghan National Police (ANP) conducted several cleanup operations with the support of army, NDS or intelligence service and Coalition Forces in Ghazni, Kandahar, Kunduz and Balkh provinces, as a result 14 armed Taliban were killed, three wounded and two others were arrested," the ministry said in a statement.

US/DoD: Staff Sgt. Octavio Herrera

US/DoD: Sgt. Jamar A. Hicks

US/DoD: Spc. Keith E. Grace Jr.