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 29, 2013

War News for Friday, November 29, 2013

NATO probes Afghan airstrike that killed child

3 Canadian veterans from Afghan war found dead in a week

Old Etonian army officer shot dead at point blank range moments after giving a gun back to Afghan 'ally'

Reported security incidents
#1: A helicopter that was attacked in eastern Afghanistan apparently belonged to a Russian company, Russian diplomats said Friday. Unidentified men fired at the helicopter in the province of Gardez on Thursday. No injuries were reported, and damage from the attack was limited to a single bullet hole in the aircraft’s side, a spokesman for the Russian embassy in Kabul said.

#2: A US drone strike targeting a militant compound killed at least two suspected insurgents in a restive Pakistani tribal region near the Afghan border on Friday, officials said. The strike took place in the Anghar area, 10 kilometres (six miles) south of Miranshah, the main town of North Waziristan tribal region, a stronghold for Taliban and Al-Qaeda linked militants. "A US drone fired two missiles on a militant compound, killing two suspected militants," a senior security official told AFP.

#3: One Afghan child was killed and seven civilians wounded Friday in a suicide bomb attack in the country's southern province of Kandahar, said the provincial sources.

#4: Two Afghan civilians were killed and two others wounded Friday in a shooting in the country's northern province of Kunduz, the police said. "Two civilians were killed and two others wounded in a shooting incident in Jargozar area of the provincial capital Kunduz city early Friday morning," the deputy provincial police chief Gen. Ebadullah Talwar told Xinhua.