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

Saturday, November 30, 2013

War News for Saturday, November 30, 2013

AIDS epidemic rapidly spreading in Pakistan

Reported security incidents
#1: Police say one policeman was killed when armed men opened fire on police officers protecting a team of polio-vaccination workers in northwest Pakistan on November 30. The attack happened near the city of Peshawar. Another policeman was injured.

#2: Three armed militants were killed and two civilians sustained injuries as police clashed with armed group in Khanabad District of the northern Kunduz Province Saturday, a local official said. "A group of armed men were illegally collecting taxes from drivers on a road in Khanabad District, and when police wanted to arrest them, clash erupted leaving three armed rebels dead," district governor Hayatullah Amiri told Xinhua. One driver and a passerby sustained injuries during the firefight, which lasted for a while, he added.

#3: Explosion and ensuing firing took place in Lashkar Gah, the provincial capital of southern Afghanistan's Helmand province Friday evening and casualties are feared, officials said.

At least three Afghan intelligence forces were killed or injured following a suicide attack in southern Helmand province of Afghanistan late Friday evening. Local officials in southern Helmand province of Afghanistan confirmed the report and said the blast took place late Friday evening in Amniat-e-Millie – National Directorate of Security (NDS) road. Provincial governor spokesman, Omar Zwak said at least one Afghan intelligence operative was killed and two others were injured following a suicide attack near the national directorate of security (NDS) directorate.

#4: According to local authorities in eastern Kunar province of Afghanistan, Pakistani military opened artillery fire at a number of areas in Shegal district late Friday. Provincial security chief, Abdul Habib Syed Khel said at least 20 rounds of artillery shells were fired by Pakistani military late Friday night. Mr. Syed Khel further added that no casualties were reported following the cross-border shelling, however the shelling caused property damage to the local residents.

#5: According to local authorities in eastern Nangarhar province of Afghanistan, a US drone has crashed in Chaparahar district on Saturday afternoon.

#6: According to local authorities in western Herat province of Afghanistan, Taliban shadow district governor for Shindand was killed during a military operation by Afghan special forces. A local security official in Adraskan district confirmed the report and said seven other militants were also killed during the operation. A spokesman for the Afghan special forces in Herat province said the operations were launched after a vehicle of the Afghan national army commando forces was ambushed by Taliban militants.