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 19, 2013

War News for Thursday, September 19, 2013

NATO is reporting the death of an ISAF soldier from a non-combat related injury somewhere in eastern Afghanistan on Thursday, September 19th.

Reported security incidents
#1: Taliban fighters have attacked police in northern Afghanistan, government officials said on Thursday, though they gave different accounts of the severity of the attack. The insurgents ambushed a police convoy during an operation to clear an area in Badakhshan province on Wednesday, said Dawlat Mohammad, administrative chief of the district. Mohammad said 10 policemen were killed and 16 were captured.

#2: National Directorate of Security (NDS) on Thursday announced, a suicide bomber was arrested in eastern Kunar province of Afghanistan before the bomber manage to carry out suicide attack in this province.

#3: According to local authorities in southern Helmand province of Afghanistan, at least 10 Afghan police officers were killed or injured following clashes among the police forces. The incident reportedly took place in Khanshin district following verbal clashes among the police officers, leaving at least 3 service members dead and 7 others injured.