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

Monday, October 21, 2013

War News for Monday, October 21, 2013

The DoD is reporting the death of Sgt. Lyle D. Turnbull. He died at Camp Arifjan, Kuwait, from a medical emergency on Thursday, October 18th. Apparently he was participating in the Army Ten Miler Shadow Run. He was was supporting Operation Enduring Freedom.

Pakistan tells U.N. at least 400 civilians killed by drone strikes

Reported security incidents
#1: A bomb stuck onto a car killed a civilian in downtown Kabul, Afghan police said. Deputy Interior Ministry spokesman Najib Dunish said Monday's explosion was caused by a magnetic bomb attached to a car as it drove through Kabul.

#2: Former Labour MP Chris Carter has narrowly escaped death or serious injury after a Taliban suicide bomber attacked a military convoy outside his Afghanistan home. Mr Carter, who now works for the United Nations Development Programme, was metres from a car bomb blast that killed two civilians outside the Green Village compound in Kabul on Saturday morning (NZ time).

#3: A bomb exploded on a train in the south-western province of Balochistan, killing seven passengers and injuring more than 20 people, police officer Riaz Ahmed Chaudhry said.

#4: Overnight, four policemen were killed by gunmen on motorbikes at a security checkpoint in the north-western province of Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa, officials said. The incident in the provincial capital Peshawar triggered protests by angry relatives of police.

#5: Four Taliban fighters including their commander were killed as Afghan security forces stormed their hideout in eastern Kunar province on Monday, a local official said. "Acting upon intelligence report, the security forces raided Taliban hideout in Kalajal village of Manogai district Monday morning killing four rebels including their commander Mullah Dawran," district governor Hajji Abdul Marjan told Xinhua.

#6: Two Afghan policemen were killed and four others wounded Monday in roadside bombing in the northern province of Baghlan, sources said. "Two policemen were killed and four cops were wounded in an improvised explosive device (IED) attack in Karu area of Dushi district at around midday," the district police chief Muhibullah Khan told Xinhua.

#7: Earlier in the day, two Taliban militants were killed and three others injured when the IED they were making went off in Nijrab district in eastern Kapisa province, 65 km north of Kabul.

#8: According to local authorities in southern Kandahar province of Afghanistan, at least two Afghan border protection police forces were killed following an attack by Pakistani Taliban militants. provincial security chief, Gen. Abdul Razaq confirming the report said the incident took place on Monday morning around 6am local time, after a group of Taliban militants attacked the security check post of the border protection police forces. Gen. Razaq further added that the incident took place in Spin Boldak area, leaving two border protection police forces dead and another police officer injured.

#9: At least 36 Taliban militants were killed in joint Afghan and NATO forces operations across the country, according to the interior ministry of Afghanistan. The source further added that the operations were conducted in Helmand, Paktiya, Maidan Wardak, Kandahar, Baghlan and Kunar provinces of Afghanistan.

#10: According to local authorities in eastern Kunar province of Afghanistan, at least 9 Taliban militants were killed during NATO airstrike in this province.

DoD: Sgt. Lyle D. Turnbull