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 8, 2013

War News for Tuesday, October 08, 2013


Minn.native injured in Afghanistan


Reported security incidents
#1: At least three people were killed in a bomb attack in Afghanistan's Wardak province, officials said Tuesday. "On Monday evening, three people were killed when a bomb attached to their vehicle by militants was detonated in the provincial capital Maidan Shar," Xinhua reported citing a provincial government statement. The victims were employees of a local construction company, Aziz Hashimi, and were travelling to a construction site when the incident took place, the statement said.

#2: At least nine people including four police personnel were injured when a police station came under a grenade attack on the outskirts of Quetta in the restive Balochistan province. Police reports said that some miscreants on motorbikes hurled a hand grenade at New Sariyab Road police station on Tuesday morning.

#3: The Afghan Interior Ministry on Tuesday said that 21 militants were killed and five wounded in operations since early Monday in different provinces. In past 24 hours, Afghan National Police (ANP) conducted several cleanup operations with the cooperation of army, National Directorate for Security and Coalition Forces in Kunar, Kunduz, Badakhshan, Jawzjan, Kandahar, Uruzgan, Wardak and Helmand provinces, killing 21 armed Taliban and wounding five other militants," the ministry said in a statement.

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