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 27, 2013

War News for Friday, September 27, 2013

Canada lost Afghan war, says author

Reported security incidents
#1: A helicopter carrying relief goods to earthquake stricken Awaran was attacked in Mashkay Tehsil. According to security sources, small arms were used to fire at the helicopter which did not receive any damage.

#2: Unknown armed men attacked Nato container in Hayatabad area of Peshawar on Friday, injuring driver. According to details, the Pakistan-bound container was coming from Afghanistan through Torkham border when unknown gunmen opened firing on container.

#3: At least 19 people including two women were killed and dozens injured in a blast on a bus carrying Secretariat employees at Charsadda Road in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province before Friday prayers, Geo News reported.

#4: A heavy explosion rocked southern Helmand province of Afghanistan late Thursday evening. The incident took place in Lashkargah, the central city of Helmand province, According to local residents and eyewitnesses in the area, the incident took place after a vehicle laden with explosives was detonated ny a suspected suicide bomber. There are no reports regarding the casualties as a result of the incident. The main target of the suicide bomber was not clear.