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 29, 2013

War News for Tuesday, October 29, 2013

80 Afghan police killed every week in 'fighting season'

U.S. Disrupts Afghans’ Tack on Militants

Reported security incidents
#1: At least nine militants were killed Monday night in clashes with security forces after an attack on a check post in Pakistan, media reported Tuesday. Some unknown number of militants attacked an army check post with automatic guns and rockets in North Waziristan, a restive tribal region bordering Afghanistan, Xinhua quoted media reports of official sources as saying. Security forces retaliated and killed nine of the assailants while the rest fled. There was no immediate report about any loss on the side of the security forces.

#2: In another incident, a landmine blast targeted a convoy of security forces and injured three soldiers at a South Waziristan road, a northwestern tribal region bordering Afghanistan.

#3: A pro-government tribal elder and six members of his family were killed when unknown gunmen stormed their home in southwest Pakistan early Tuesday, officials said. The pre-dawn attack occurred in Dera Bugti district, some 450 kilometers southeast of Quetta, the capital of Baluchistan province.

#4: A Taliban leader was killed by Afghan Commandos during a clearing operation in Adraskan district’s Nagal village of western Herat province, the alliance said in a statement Tuesday.

#5: Twelve Taliban militants have been killed in separate military operations in Afghanistan in the last 24 hours, said the country's Interior Ministry on Tuesday morning. "In the past 24 hours, Afghan National Police (ANP) conducted several joint clearance operations with the cooperation of Afghan National Army, National Directorate for Security (NDS) and Coalition Forces in Nuristan, Laghman, Kunduz, Jawzjan, Kandahar, Farah and Nimroz provinces. As results 12 armed Taliban were killed, four wounded and five others were arrested," the ministry said in a statement providing daily operational updates. The statement did not disclose if there were any casualties on the side of security forces.

#6: According to reports, several oil tankers have been burnt following coordinated explosions in northern Parwan province of Afghanistan on Monday.

#7: At least two service members from the Afghan intelligence department – National Directorate of Security (NDS) were injured following an explosion in eastern paktika province of Afghanistan on Monday. According to the local government officials, Afghan intelligence forces killed a suicide bomber in Khair Kot district before the bomber manage to ram his vehicle in an NDS compound.