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

Thursday, September 5, 2013

War News for Thursday, September 05, 2013

Tirah Valley cleared of terrorists: army

Reported security incidents
#1: Afghan authorities say police killed two militants in an early morning shootout at a Shiite Muslim mosque in Kabul.

#2: Two security personals were martyred while four sustained injuries in a remote controlled bomb in Dera Bugti area in Jaffarabad. According to reports, security forces vehicle was on routine patrolling in Jaffarabad area of Dera Bugti when a remote controlled device planted on the road side exploded. As a result of blast two security personals were killed instantly while four sustained injuries.

#3: Two powerful explosions went off outside the SP investigations office Dera Ismail Khan Thursday morning, no loss of life was reported.

#4: A person has been killed in a landmine blast in Jaffarabad district. Levies sources said on Thursday that unknown men planted a landmine roadside in RD-298 area of Jaffarabad district that exploded when foot of a passerby hit it.

#5: At around midnight, militants raided a police checkpoint in Shindand district of western Herat province, killing four policemen, a provincial source told Xinhua but declined to be named. He said the attack resulted in fierce exchange of fire between police personnel and the militants, in which several militants were killed or injured in the province, 640 km west of national capital Kabul.

#6: In addition, eight civilians, including six women, were wounded when a Taliban mortar round hit a house near an army base in Maiwand district of Kandahar province, 450 km south of Kabul, the provincial government confirmed in a statement.

#7: Separately, six militants were killed during a search operation in the country's northern province of Kunduz early Thursday morning. "The joint operation was conducted by army and police in Dasht- i-Archi district. A Taliban local leader named Qari Maliak was among the killed in the raid which took place in Timoryan area of the district," deputy provincial police chief Ebadullah Talwar told Xinhua, adding no security force member was hurt in the raid.