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 20, 2013

War News for Tuseday, August 20, 2013

NATO is reporting the death of an ISAF soldier from a direct fire attack in an undisclosed location in eastern Afghanistan on Tuesday, August 20th.

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Reported security incidents
#1: Up to 11 militants were killed, 11 injured and 37 others detained in cleanup operations in different Afghan provinces within the past 24 hours, said the country’s Interior Ministry Tuesday morning. “Over the last 24 hours, Afghan National Police (ANP) in collaboration with the army and NATO-led coalition forces conducted several clearance operations in Nangarhar, Kunduz, Balkh, Kandahar, Uruzgan and Ghazni provinces. As a result 11 armed Taliban were killed, 11 wounded and 37 others were arrested,” the ministry said in a statement providing daily operational updates.

Clash between militants and Afghan security forces left 18 Taliban fighters and two police dead in Zana Khan district of Ghazni province on Tuesday, a local official said.

#2: update A dozen police and 70 Taliban are dead after insurgents attacked a convoy in the western Afghan province of Farah, the security forces said Monday. Twenty-two other officers were wounded and five vehicles destroyed in Sunday's assault, a police chief in neighbouring Herat province, Abdul Hamid, told Afghan news agency AIP on Monday.

#3: A Taliban planted Improvised Explosive Devices (IED) killed a 70-year-old man in Panjwai district of southern Kandahar province early Tuesday morning, an official said.