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

Friday, September 6, 2013

War News for Friday, September 06, 2013

NATO is reporting the death of an ISAF soldier from a insurgent attack in an undisclosed location in eastern Afghanistan on Thursday, September 5th.

Last UK Troops Leave Nad-e Ali Base

Pakistan condemns US drone strike

NATO oil supplies via Pakistan resume

Reported security incidents
#1: An American drone killed at least six people in Pakistan early Friday morning, in a northwestern region known as a hideout for Taliban and al Qaeda militants. The strike occurred in the North Waziristan tribal area, near the border with Afghanistan. The identities of the killed aren’t yet known, The New York Times reported. Other media put the death toll at four.

#2: Two civilians were blown up Friday and two injured when a roadside bomb struck a car near Kabul. The blast occurred in Laghman province, 90 km east of Kabul, Xinhua reported citing a provincial government press release.

#3: An AV-8B Harrier from Marine Attack Squadron 311 was heavily damaged earlier this summer after it veered off the runway at Camp Bastion and caught fire while deployed in Afghanistan. According to an incident listed on the Naval Safety Center's website, the accident happened on July 10. A report about the accident on the center's website indicates the crash occurred when an outrigger landing gear on the jet collapsed shortly after touchdown, causing it to veer off the runway onto an unprepared surface and catch fire. 

#4: Six people were injured when a Nato container came under hand grenade attack on Jamrud Road near the Karkhano market Thursday afternoon. A Nato supply trailer carrying an armoured car was on its way from Afghanistan when men riding a motorcycle lobbed a hand grenade at its windscreen. The bomb exploded, injuring six people, including a taxi driver and a passerby. The attackers sped away unidentified.