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 14, 2013

War News for Wednesday, August 14, 2013

Heavy rain in Lahore: 8 killed, 6 injured

Reported security incidents
#1: An unknown gang has kidnapped a female Afghan member of parliament, officials said Wednesday, in the latest example of prominent women being targeted in the country. Fariba Ahmadi Kakar and her three children were taken at gunpoint on Saturday in the central province of Ghazni on the main highway from Kandahar city to Kabul.

#2: At least three anti-government fighters were killed and six others wounded during a police clearance operation in Ghorak district of southern Kandahar province, an office said Wednesday.

#3: One policeman was killed and a dozen people were wounded Wednesday when a bomb went off in northern Afghan province of Takhar, a provincial government spokesman said. "The militants planted a bomb inside a restaurant in Khowaja Bahawoddin district. It was detonated at around midday. As a result one Afghan Local Police (ALP) cop was killed and 12 people were injured," spokesman Sayed Suleiman Muradi told Xinhua.

#4: Two bodyguards of a lawmaker were killed and three others wounded when an Improvised Explosive Device (IED) was detonated in northern Baghlan province, 160 km north of Kabul, early Wednesday morning, a provincial police spokesman said. "The convoy of the Lower House of parliament Ahmad Shah Ramadan was running along the main road towards Kabul. An IED was detonated in Doshi area, killing two bodyguards and injuring three others," spokesman Jawid Basharat told Xinhua. However, Ramadan, the representative of northern Balkh province, was not in the motorcade as he was traveling by plane, he noted.

#5: On Tuesday night, one policeman and a civilian were killed and two people were wounded when a sedan touched off an IED in Almar district of northern Faryab province, 425 km northwest of Kabul, a provincial official told Xinhua anonymously.