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 20, 2013

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Reported security incidents
#1: THREE Australian special forces soldiers have been injured in Afghanistan during an operation resulting in the deaths of a number of insurgents, including a senior commander. Defence today released details of the operation in Oruzgan province last week, when Australian soldiers joined Afghan National Security Forces to fend off a heavy, prolonged insurgent attack. “At the time the entire force element was receiving heavy small arms fire, it was a situation that could have easily escalated,” the Australian unit's commanding officer said in the statement.

#2: At least five security men were injured when a blast occurred near their convoy while passing through Sibi on Friday, Geo News reported. According to police, a bomb possibly an improvised explosive device (IED) blasted near a security forces’ convoy in Sibi that wounded five security personnel.

#3: At least ten people, including a child and a woman, were injured on Thursday in a hand grenade attack on the Balochistan Constabulary Line (BCL) in the Sariab area of the provincial capital. According to the police, armed men on a motorcycle hurled a hand grenade on the BCL and fled. The FC and the police rushed to the spot soon after the incident and cordoned off the area. While talking to the media, Sariab SP Bashir Brahvi confirmed the incident and said ten people were injured in the attack.