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, November 20, 2013

War News for Thursday, November 20, 2013

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Reported security incidents
#1: An Afghan district police chief was killed in an ambush by militants in the volatile southern province of Helmand on Wednesday, officials said. Tooryalai Khan, police chief of Helmand’s Marjah district, was leading an operation against Taliban insurgents in the area when he was ambushed early in the morning, said provincial spokesman Omar Zewak. His bodyguard was wounded in the attack.

#2: Three security personnel were killed and seven injured on Wednesday when a suicide bomber rammed his explosive-laden car into a security check post in Pakistan's troubled North Waziristan region. "The security personnel detailed at the check post in Shawa area of Mir Ali town fired at a speeding vehicle when they spotted it approaching them," a senior security official told Anadolu Agency, wishing not to be named because he was not authorized to speak to the media. "However, the suicide bomber managed to hit the check post," he added.

a suicide bomber rammed his explosives-filled car into a security checkpoint as militants armed with guns stormed a nearby building in Shawa area of North Waziristan tribal district, killing two personnel, officials said. The post is run jointly by the paramilitary Frontier Corps and tribal police and the adjacent building houses more than 40 security forces. "The attack was successfully thwarted and four militants were killed in the retaliatory fire by police," Sajjad Khan, district police chief told the media.

#3: A suicide bomber who was looking to assassinate Kandahar police chief Gen. Abdul Razaq, was shot dead by Afghan security forces.