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

Friday, November 1, 2013

War News for Friday, November 01, 2013

Missing containers, missing weapons?

Analysis: Drone discrepancy

Reported security incidents
#1: Eleven people were wounded overnight when a bomb went off in northern Afghanistan's Baghlan province during a wedding party, sources said on Friday. "A wedding party was underway in Baghlan-e-Markazi district Thursday night. An improvised explosive device (IED) placed under the tent where people were celebrating the party was detonated, injuring 11 people," the district governor Gohar Shah Babori told Xinhua.

#2: Unknown miscreants attacked a security forces camp with rockets here on Friday but no loss was reported. According to military sources, three rockets fired from unknown location landed at a security forces camp in Miranshah, the tribal headquarter of North Waziristan Agency (NWA). However, no damages or causalities were reported as the rockets fell in the vacant space of the camp.

#3: One dozen militants, including a Taliban shadow district governor, were killed in an Afghan army overnight operation in the country's eastern province of Ghazni, said a source on Friday.

#4: At least five kids were killed or injured following a mortar shell explosion in central Maidan Wardak province of Afghanistan.