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 9, 2013

War News for Wednesday, October 09, 2013

In Pakistan, vaccinating children against polio can be a deadly job

Reported security incidents
#1: A security official says a suicide car bombing has killed four people, two civilians and two policemen, in southern Afghanistan. Police spokesman for southern Helmand province, Shamem Noorzai, says Wednesday's attack took place in the Gareshk district. He says the bomber targeted a police patrol and blew up his car next to a police vehicle in a crowded area of the town of Gareshk. Noorzai says the explosion also wounded three civilians and a police officer.

#2: Three tribespeople hailing from the Khyber Agency were among those killed in the Nato airstrike in Pikha area in Nangarhar province of Afghanistan, local sources said on Tuesday.The sources said that five others persons belonging to Khyber Agency sustained injuries the attack.

DoD: 1st Lt. Jennifer M. Moreno

DoD: Sgt. Patrick C. Hawkins

DoD: Sgt. Joseph M. Peters

DoD: Pfc. Cody J. Patterson


Cervantes said...

The families of Moreno, Hawkins, Peters and Patterson will have to pay their own way to Dover AFB to pick up the bodies; and won't get any money to bury them. Thanks John Boehner and Ted Cruz.

Meanwhile, Hamid Karzai trashes the U.S.:

" With the United States weighing a complete withdrawal from Afghanistan by the end of next year, President Hamid Karzai offered a stinging critique of the American-led campaign here, saying that coalition forces had inflicted needless suffering on Afghans. “They could leave,” he said in an interview with the BBC.

The focus of the war, Mr. Karzai said, should have been insurgent training camps and havens across the border in Pakistan, not “in Afghan villages, causing harm to Afghan people.”

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