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

Thursday, October 3, 2013

War News for Thursday, October 03, 2013

UAE forces complete mine clearing in Afghanistan

Reported security incidents
#1: On Sept. 7, insurgents used a bomb to blow up a helicopter as it was landing on hill near a main air base in western Herat province, seriously wounding the Afghan pilot and his U.S. army trainer. They apparently had noticed that the helicopter always landed in the same place after a training mission.

#2: A government official says a suicide attack targeting a militant commander has killed 15 people in northwestern Pakistan. The official, Wajid Khan, says the militant commander targeted in the attack Thursday, Nabi Hanfi, has been fighting against the Pakistani Taliban in the Orakzai tribal region where the bombing occurred. Khan says gunmen fired shots at Hanfi's compound and then a suicide bomber drove a vehicle inside and detonated his explosives. The blast killed 15 people and wounded six others. It's unclear if Hanfi was killed.

#3: Nine insurgents including two Pakistani nationals were killed during a series of clearance operation in southern province of Kandahar, an official said Thursday. The incident took place late on last evening, when the security forces conduced a clearance operation in Mashan and Zangan areas of the Panjwaye district, where two Pakistani affiliated to the insurgents along with their seven colleagues were killed, said the governor office in a statement.

#4: Three Afghan soldiers lost their lives and four others sustained injuries as a roadside bomb struck a military van in Nawa district of the southern Helmand province on Wednesday, a local official said. "A bomb planted by militants on a road in Nawa district struck a military van at around 10:30 a.m. local time today killing three soldiers and wounding four others," district police chief Ahmad Shah told Xinhua.

#5: National Directorate of Security (NDS) on Thursday announced to seized a vehicle laden with explosives in southern Helmand province of Afghanistan.


Reita Faria said...

Chabad Habad Sages inform us5 that “G-d gave Avraham a sign that all that transpired with him will transpire with his children as well.” This is so because the actions of the Patriarchs serve as an antecedent and a catalyst for the subsequent actions of their descendants.