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 28, 2013

War News for Thursday, November 28, 2013

CIA's most senior officer in Pakistan 'unmasked' by Imran Khan's party

Reported security incidents
#1: Six civilians were killed and some injured on Thursday when two bombs exploded in eastern Afghanistan, a local official said. "A bomb was placed in a car and second one was a roadside bomb, but it is not yet clear if they were remotely detonated," said Ahmad Zia Abdulzai, a spokesman for the governor of Nangarhar province.

#2: Three anti-government elements were killed and another wounded, during a series of clearance operation launched by the Afghan forces in southern province of Kandahar, an official said Thursday.

#3: The armed conflict between Taliban militants and police in Badakhshan Province with Faizabad as its capital 315 km northeast of Kabul have left eight Taliban fighters dead, Inspector General of Badakhshan's police, Fazaldin Ayar said Thursday. "Our operations against Taliban rebels in Jarm District began Monday and so far eight rebels have been killed and two others injured," Ayar told Xinhua. Two policemen have also sustained injuries during the operations, he admitted.

#4: Gun battle between Taliban militants and Afghan security forces left six militants and one civilian dead in the central Wardak province on Wednesday, spokesman for provincial administration Ataullah Khogyani said Thursday. "Units of security forces raided Taliban hideouts in parts of Wardak province last night, killing six Taliban rebels including their commander Mullah Nematullah," Khogyani told Xinhua. However, he added that the Taliban militants in reaction shot dead a guard of a school in Nurkh district last night.