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

Thursday, November 21, 2013

War News for Thursday, November 21, 2013

Cold War-era 'Warthog' targeted for retirement

Pact May Extend U.S. Troops’ Stay in Afghanistan

Reported security incidents
#1: A US drone strike has killed at least five people in an Islamic seminary in Pakistan's north-western Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa province, officials say. At least two of the dead were militants, officials said. Students and clerics were also reported killed.

#2: At least three people were killed and 18 other were left wounded in a powerful bomb blast on Thursday near the Custom House at the Torkham border crossing in Pakistan’s tribal area of Khyber Agency.

#3: At least five people including security personnel have been killed and several others wounded in a blast occurred in Satellite town area of Quetta here on Thursday. The explosion occurred at Satellite town in Quetta, the capital of Balochistan province. Officials at the site told Aaj news that five persons including two security personnel, were killed and several others, including security personnel and passersby, were injured.

#4: In the first incident, the security forces backed by aircrafts raided a Taliban hideout in Wand area of the eastern Nuristan province Wednesday evening, killing seven militants, a senior police officer Habibullah Sayed Khili told Xinhua. In a related incident, a group of Taliban militants attacked a security checkpoint in Manogai distirct of the eastern Kunar province on Thursday, injuring 11 security personnel, the official added.
#5: Three civilians were killed and 14 others wounded Wednesday evening when an explosion took place in a restaurant in Kandahar city, the provincial capital of southern Afghan province of Kandahar, sources said. "A blast occurred inside Lemar restaurant at around 6:00 p.m. ( local time) when several people were sitting in the public place," provincial government spokesman Jawid Faisal told Xinhua. The nature of the blast and the target of the attack remained unknown, he said, adding an investigation was launched into the incident.