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 10, 2013

War News for Thursday, October 10, 2013

New details emerge about how four U.S. military members died in Afghanistan

Reported security incidents
#1: An armed clash left three militant commanders dead in Afghanistan\'s Kunnar province, which borders Pakistan, sources said on Thursday. The sources and eyewitnesses said that dozens of Afghan Taliban militants launched an attack on Pakistani militants based in Ghaziabad area of Kunnar, killing three extremist commanders and injuring many others. The sources said that the slain commanders belonged to Swat. Some sources also claimed that Mullah Fazlullah alias mullah Radio, fugitive chief of Swati Taliban, was also killed in the attack. However, the Pakistani militants rejected the reports.

#2: Three security personnel were injured in an explosion on Ring Road here on Thursday. According MPA Nighat Orakzai who was an eyewitness, the explosion took place near a security force vehicle deployed to provide security to members of the anti-polio team. Orakzai added that there were seven people in the vehicle at the time of the explosion.

#3: According to local authorities in Daykundi province of Afghanistan, at least 26 Taliban militants were killed and 34 others were injured following clashes with the Afghan security forces. The militants were killed during military operation conducted by Afghan police and Afghan army to retake the control of a former ISAF military base which was seized by Taliban militants.

DoD: Spc. Angel L. Lopez