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 27, 2013

War News for Tuesday, August 27, 2013

NATO is reporting the death of another ISAF soldier from a roadside bombing in an undisclosed location in southern Afghanistan on Monday, August 26th.

Top Ingushetia security official killed in attack: reports

Reported security incidents
#1: The Afghan Taliban executed six men who worked for a government programme in western Herat. The men were shot in the head late on Monday, despite efforts by governor Fazlullah Wahidi to convince the Taliban the men did not work for him. The Afghan men worked for a World Bank-funded programme created by the Ministry of Rural Rehabilitation and Development that aims to improve project management before the pullout of most foreign troops from the country next year.

#2: According to sources, militants stormed the security forces positions with heavy weapons in tehsil Sararogha of South Waziristan Agency (SWA).The security forces killed at least four terrorists in their prompt retaliation, forcing the attackers to flee. The security forces took in custody three bodies of the terrorists. One of the terrorists blew him up killing a security man and injuring two others. The security sources claimed that two suicide bombers were among the miscreants killed in the clash.

#3: Ten militants were killed Tuesday morning as they launched attack on Afghan border police checkpoints in Bala Murghab district of the western province of Badghis, a provincial source said, adding the clash is still continuing there. "Militants numbered several hundred raided the Afghan Border Police (ABP) checkpoints in areas near the border with Turkmenistan early Tuesday morning. The clash is going on up to now later Tuesday," the provincial governor Ahmadullah Ahmadzai told Xinhua.

#4: Afghan National Police (ANP) have eliminated 27 militants and injured 11 others during separate cleanup operations since Monday morning, the country's Interior Ministry said Tuesday. "The ANP carried out several cleanup operations in close cooperation with army, National Security Directorate (NDS) and coalition forces in Kunduz, Kapisa, Balkh, Kandahar, Uruzgan and Wardak provinces. As a result 27 armed Taliban were killed and 11 others were wounded," the ministry said in a statement providing daily operational updates.