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

Tuesday, October 1, 2013

War News for Tuesday, October 01, 2013

Reported security incidents
#1: Three bodies were found at the Pakistan-Afghanistan border near Zor Barawal (old Barawal) area but their identities couldn’t be ascertained.

#2: One Afghan army soldier and two civilians were wounded Tuesday morning in a bomb attack in western province of Herat, said the police. "An improvised explosive device (IED) placed in a main road in Herat city, capital of Herat province, was detonated when an army vehicle was passing by the area. One army soldier aboard the van and two civilian passers-by were wounded," a provincial police source told Xinhua.

#3: Twenty-six militants were killed in separate military operations launched by the Afghan police and army since early Monday, the country's Interior Ministry said Tuesday morning. Afghan National Security Forces (ANSF) carried out several cleanup raids in Nangarhar, Faryab, Kandahar, Uruzgan and Ghazni provinces within the last 24 hours. As a result 26 armed Taliban were killed, two wounded and seven others were arrested by the ANSF," the ministry said in a statement.

#4: Three people including an intelligence official were injured as a bomb blast rocked Assadabad town in the eastern Kunar province on Tuesday, a local official said. "It was a remote-controlled roadside bomb which targeted the vehicle of the intelligence official Saranwal Malang outside provincial capital Assadabad, injuring him along with two of his bodyguards," the official told Xinhua but declined to be identified, saying authorized officials would brief the media after investigation.