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

Tuesday, November 26, 2013

War News for Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Militants release Pakistan polio workers

Reported security incidents
#1: Army gunship helicopters have shelled the position of terrorists in the Mir Ali area of North Waziristan Agency. The Pakistan Army launched an attack against militants in different areas of North Waziristan's tribal region that borders war-stricken Afghanistan, sources said Tuesday.

#2: According to police, two armed motorcyclists opened fire at a local bus on Sariab Road near Gahi Khan Chowk resultantly injuring two persons and sped away. The injured were rushed to Civil Hospital Quetta but both succumbed to their wounds on the way.

#3: Two militants were killed and four policemen were wounded early Tuesday morning in an engagement in the eastern Afghan province of Laghman, said the provincial government. "An unknown number of militants launched an armed attack against Afghan Local Police (ALP) security checkpoint at around 2: 00 a.m. (local time) in Shamtayo area of the province. The ALP repelled the attack, killing two militants," the provincial government said in a statement.

#4: several shops were damaged and their classes were smashed following a bomb explosion near a music shop in Jalalabad, the provincial capital of the eastern Nangarhar Province Monday evening, a police official told Xinhua. The blast caused no human casualties, the source noted.

#5: According to local authorities in eastern Nangarhar province of Afghanistan, a helicopter belonging to Afghan forces has crashed in this province. The helicopter has reportedly crashed in Haidar Khan area of eastern Nangarhar province late Monday, Shirzad district chief confirmed.

#6: An explosion rocked took place in capital Kabul early Tuesday morning, security officials in Kabul city said. The interior ministry of Afghanistan following a statement confirmed the report and said no casualties were reported following the blast.