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 24, 2013

War News for Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Reported security incidents
#1: At least two people were killed Tuesday when mortar shells fired from Afghanistan fell into the Ghulam Khan Tehsil region of North Waziristan tribal agency. Sources told DawnNews that a total of six mortal shells were fired from Afghanistan and fell into the Bangi Dar area near the Afghan border.

#2: A child was killed and another wounded, when an allegedly Taliban planted roadside mine struck them in eastern province of Nangarhar province, an eyewitness said Tuesday. The incident took place in Majbor Abad area, central part of the capital, where an eyewitness, Habibullah told Wakht News Agency that two children were standing nearby waiting for the bus, near a provincial official’s house.

#3: Nearly 50 militants were killed in police operations in different Afghan provinces in the last 24 hours, said the Interior Ministry Tuesday morning. "Afghan National Police (ANP) conducted several cleanup operations with the cooperation of army, intelligence agency and the NATO-led coalition forces, killing 49 armed Taliban, wounding eight and arresting 11 other armed militants," the ministry said in a statement providing daily operational updates. The raids were carried out in Helmand, Farah, Herat, Logar, Uruzgan, Zabul, Kandahar, Balkh, Badakhshan and Kunduz provinces, in noted.

#4: Afghan security forces foiled twin suicide attacks in capital Kabul on Tuesday morning, after being traced by Afghan national security forces. Officials in Kabul security commandment confirming the report said a suicide bomber was shot dead and another bomber were arrested in capital Kabul.