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

Wednesday, October 2, 2013

War News for Wednesday, October 02, 2013

Reported security incidents
#1: Seven people were killed in a suicide blast near the Bab-e-Dosti (Friendship Gate) at the Pak-Afghan border on Wednesday. 15 others including 7 FC personnel were injured in the blast. According to security sources, the suicide attacker was trying to enter Pakistan from Afghanistan and detonated his explosive-laden vest when he was stopped at the border by FC personnel. Two Pakistanis were among the six people killed in the blast.

#2: A landmine explosion in Balochistan’s Awaran district on Wednesday led to the death of two soldiers and left four others injured. While carrying out relief activities, a security forces vehicle crashed into a landmine in the Makshay area of Awaran. Two soldiers died on the spot while four others sustained heavy injuries and were immediately shifted to the Awaran district hospital for treatment.

#3: Afghan National Police (ANP) said in a statement Wednesday that it had arrested two Taliban mine planters in southern province of Kandahar.

#4: Units of Afghan police, backed by the army, have eliminated more than 20 Taliban fighters during series of operations across the country over the past 24 hours, Interior Ministry said in a statement released here on Wednesday. "In past 24 hours, Afghan National Police have conducted several clearance operations with the cooperation of Afghan National Army and the NATO-led Coalition Forces in Nangarhar, Faryab, Badakhshan, Kandahar, Maidan Wardak, Logar, Farah and Nimroz provinces, which have left 21 armed Taliban rebels dead, two wounded and six others were arrested," the statement contended.


Dancewater said...

a response to the NYT article (posted on Monday) from McClatchy's

Dancewater said...

Nearly 1000 Iraqis killed in September

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