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 23, 2013

War News for Wednesday, October 23, 2013

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Reported security incidents
#1: Two Pakistani security personnel were injured in rockets shelling from the Afghan side of the border on Tuesday, state radio reported. Quoting officials, radio Pakistan reported that three rockets were fired from the Afghanistan side on a security forces' check post in the Bajaur tribal region.

#2: At least two civilians were killed and three other wounded, when the Taliban fighters fired mortars on a house in eastern Nangarhar province, an official said Wednesday. Governor spokesman, Ahmad Zia Abdalzai told Wakht News Agency that two members of a house were killed and three others wounded last night, when the Taliban’s fired mortars missed military posts and landed a house in Hesarak district.

#3: Afghan police backed by the army and the NATO-led coalition forces have killed four dozen Taliban militants across the country over the past 24 hours, Interior Ministry said in a statement released here on Wednesday.

#4: According to local authorities in northern Parwan province of Afghanistan, at least 2 Afghanistan national army soldiers were killed and 8 others were injured following militants attack.