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 17, 2013

War News for Thursday, October 17, 2013

Documents reveal NSA’s extensive involvement in targeted killing program

Reported security incidents
#1: A Pakistani military official says two soldiers have been killed in separate incident. In the second incident, the Pakistani official says a soldier was killed by militants near the border with Afghanistan in South Waziristan.

#2: At least 10 people including a provincial minister were killed and over 20 others injured in a suicide attack in Pakistan's northwestern province of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa on Wednesday evening, officials and local media said. Deputy Superintendent of Police Jan Mohammad Khan said that the incident took place when the Provincial Law Minister Israrullah Gandapur was exchanging Eid greetings with people at his residence in Kullachi area of northwestern district of Dera Ismail Khan. According to eyewitness, the suicide bomber shot dead a police guard at the main gate then entered into the main courtyard before exploding his explosive-laden vest near the minister. "The attack killed 10 persons and injured over 20 others including the elder brother of the minister," said the police officer.

#3: According to reports, Australian forces have been accused of civilian casualties during a military operation in southern Uruzgan province of Afghanistan. A young Afghan boy and his father were reportedly killed after Australian forces carried out an operation on a residential house where a suspected militant was hiding. The raid was carried out late in September in Tarinkot city and dead bodies of a young boy and his father were found after Australian forces opend fired through the roole while the entering the house, Australia’s Fairfax Media reported.

MoD: Lance Corporal James Brynin