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

Saturday, October 5, 2013

War News for Saturday, October 5, 2013

Foreign soldier dies in Afghanistan --  A soldier with the NATO-led International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) in Afghanistan died due to non-battle related injury Saturday, the alliance said.

Gunman kills NATO service member -- A gunman, possibly a private security guard, shot dead a member of the U.S.-led international coalition in southern Afghanistan on Saturday before himself being killed, NATO said.

Reported security incidents
#1: At least five civilians, including three children, were killed overnight in a NATO airstrike in eastern Afghanistan after they went hunting for birds with air guns, local officials said Saturday. “Last night around 11:00 pm, five civilians aged between 12 and 20 carrying air guns wanted to go hunting birds some eight kilometers [five miles] from the center of the city of Jalalabad. They were targeted and killed by a foreign forces airstrike,” provincial police spokesman Hazrat Hussain Mashreqiwal told AFP.

#2: Units of Afghan police backed by the national army have killed 18 Taliban militants during series of operations across the country over the past 24 hours, the Interior Ministry said in a statement released here on Saturday. The operations were carried out in Kandahar, Farah and Helmand provinces, during which one militant was injured and 13 others made captive, said the statement.

#3: According to local authorities in northern Faryab province of Afghanistan, at least 11 people including Afghan police officers were killed or injured following a roadside bomb explosion in this province. The officials further added, the incident took place in Qaisar district around 11am local time on Friday, leaving two Afghan police officers dead and nine others injured.