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

Wednesday, August 7, 2013

War News for Wednesday, August 07, 2013

US declares Pak tribal Bahawal Khan as 'global terrorist'

More rain forecast for upper KP: Met Office

Bomb targeting MPA kills 7, injures 27

Obama administration authorized series of recent drone strikes in Yemen

Reported security incidents
#1: Three persons including two children were killed in an explosion at Goth Pervaiz Domki near Jahan Bukhshpur on Wednesday here, Local TV reported. Police said that an explosion took place at Goth Pervaiz Domki near Bukhshpur here resulting in the death of three persons including two children and wounded one according to initial report.

#2: Six militants had been killed and 25 others arrested as Afghan National Police (ANP) launched cleanup operations in six provinces, the country's Interior Ministry said Wednesday morning. In past 24 hours, the ANP conducted several clearance operations with the cooperation of Afghan National Army, NDS ( intelligence service) and Coalition Forces in Nangarhar, Baghlan, Badakhshan, Uruzgan, Logar and Helmand provinces. As a result six armed Taliban were killed, one wounded and 25 others were arrested, " the ministry said in a statement issued here.

#3: At least two people were killed and 15 others wounded in an explosion near shopping centre of a local market in Mastung, Geo News reported. Police have confirmed the blast, however, the nature of the blast was yet to be ascertained.