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 6, 2013

War News for Wednesday, November 06, 2013

The British MoD is reporting the death of a British ISAF soldier from a vehicle borne suicide attack in the Kamparak area in Helmand province, Afghanistan on Tuesday, November 5th.

Reported security incidents
#1: Seven dead bodies have been found on the outskirts of Qalat, the capital of Afghanistan's southern Zabul Province. The security chief of Zabul Province, Ghulam Sakhi Rogh Lewany, said the seven men are believed to be civilians killed by the Taliban on suspicion of cooperating with the government. Other reports, however, say the seven may be National Afghan Army soldiers who disappeared while traveling from southern Kandahar Province to their homes in neighboring Zabul a week ago.

#2: Unidentified assailants have killed Musa Nuri, a prosecutor of Sistan and Baluchestan Province, and his driver, Trend reports.

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#3: An explosion destroyed the vehicle of Kunduz governor’s guards had no human casualties.
#4: Seven militants were killed in Afghan police cleanup operations since early Tuesday, the country's Interior Ministry said Wednesday. "Afghan National Police (ANP) conducted several joint clearance operations with the cooperation of Afghan National Army, Afghan intelligence agency and Coalition Forces in Kandahar, Wardak and Paktika provinces. As a result, seven armed Taliban were killed and 21 others were arrested," the ministry said in statement providing daily operational updates.