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

Tuesday, September 10, 2013

War News for Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Reported security incidents
#1: Seven Afghan civilians were killed and 17 wounded Tuesday when a bus was struck by a roadside bomb in the country’s eastern province of Ghazni, police said.

#2: A government official says militants have beheaded three members of an anti-Taliban militia in the Bara area of Khyber Agency in country\'s northwest. Iqbal Khan says the militants also abducted three other members of the militia on Monday in the Khyber tribal area. Khan, a government administrator, said on Tuesday that dozens of militants took part in the attack in the Bara area of Khyber.

#3: Two suicide bombers wearing police uniform allegedly attempting to blow up themselves inside the district chief office in Panjwayee were shot dead before reaching their target, an official said Tuesday. The incident took place in Panjwahee district, where the couple equipped with Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs) wanted to detonate the chief office after succeeding to enter the compound, said governor spokesman, Jawid Faisal.

#4: Twenty-five militants were killed and eight others were wounded in a series of military operations across Afghanistan since Monday morning, said the country's Interior Ministry on Tuesday. "In the past 24 hours, Afghan National Police (ANP) conducted several joint clearance operations with the cooperation of Afghan army, National Security Directorate and Coalition Forces in Badakhshan, Kapisa, Kandahar and Helmand provinces. As a result 25 armed Taliban was killed, eight wounded and eight others were arrested," the ministry said in a statement providing operational updates.