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 28, 2013

War News for Monday, October 28, 2013

Afghan truck drivers see their dangerous jobs getting deadlier

NATO Reduces Scope of Its Afghanistan Plans

Reported security incidents
#1: A roadside bomb on Sunday killed at least 18 civilians, mostly women, as they travelled by minibus to a wedding party in a volatile area of central Afghanistan, officials said.

Angry villagers in Afghanistan have stoned a man to death and riddled his body with bullets, believing he set off a bomb on a bus that killed 18 civilians, officials said today.
#2: update A row which left an Afghan soldier dead and three Nato colleagues wounded took place close to the new UK-run officer training academy, it has emerged.

#3: A girl of seven-year-old was killed and five soldiers were wounded in the fresh explosion jolted the capital Kabul, an official said Sunday.

#4: Head of the maintenance department in Kabul municipality, Nesar Ahmad Habibi survived a roadside bomb explosion in capital Kabul late Sunday night. According to reports, Nesar Ahmad Habibi not inside the vehicle when the incident took place and only the driver of the vehicle was injured following the explosion.

#5: At least 19 Taliban militants were killed during joint military operations by Afghan and coalition security forces across the country. According to a statement released by the ministry of interior affairs of Afghanistan, the militants were killed during operations conducted by Afghan and coalition security forces during the past 24 hours. The statement further added that the operations were conducted in Nangarhar, Uruzgan, Logar, Khost, Farah, Ghor and Helmand provinces of Afghanistan.