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, October 25, 2013

War News for Friday, October 25, 2013

Four (UK) military dogs killed in action in Afghanistan

Reported security incidents
#1: Six soldiers were killed by a roadside bomb in western Afghanistan, an official said Friday, dpa reported. "A roadside bomb hit a National Army vehicle on Thursday in Adraskan district, killing six soldiers and destroying the vehicle," Najibullah Najibi, an army official in Herat province said.

#2: In the eastern province of Paktika, a landmine hit a tractor, killing one civilian and injuring four, a local official said Friday.

#3: Two other soldiers were killed and six injured in five IED attacks in Kunar, Ghazni, Kandahar and Helmand provinces over the same period of time, the Afghan Defence Ministry reported on its website.

#4: Early Friday morning, three militants were killed and two injured when the militants launched an attack on police security checkpoints near a power dam in Helmand province. No policeman was hurt in the attack.

#5: Separately, eight Taliban militants were killed in an army operation in Nirkh district of eastern Wardak province overnight, the provincial government said earlier Friday.

#6: At least nine tribespeople, including four women, were injured on Thursday in rocket attacks from across the border in Afghanistan on Pakistan’s Angoor Adda area of South Waziristan Agency, official and tribal sources said. The sources said over a dozen rockets and mortars were fired from Afghanistan which landed in residential area in Angoor Adda, a border area between Afghanistan’s Paktika province and Pakistan’s South Waziristan Agency.

#7: Four militants were blown up by their own explosives in eastern Paktika province of Afghanistan late Thursday, local government officials said.