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

Friday, December 20, 2013

War News for Friday, December 20, 2013

Reported security incidents
#1: Residents in Pakistan's troubled North Waziristan tribal region said Thursday that dozens of civilians were killed in an army operation following a suicide attack at a checkpoint, charges the Pakistani military rejected. Local residents said that more than 20 men, mostly truck drivers, were shot dead at a restaurant, while shelling claimed several more lives, including women and children, as the army responded to Wednesday's deadly attack on its nearby outpost.

#2: At least one person was killed and 15 others wounded when a bomb exploded in Balochistan province on Thursday, officials said. The incident happened in the Pashtunabad area on the outskirts of Quetta city, the capital of Balochistan province, which borders Iran and Afghanistan.

#3: Peshawar was rocked on Friday by an explosion in the Aijazabad area of Peshawar, a private news channel reported. According to police, unidentified men placed an explosive device outside a house in Aijazabad and fled away after which the explosion occurred. The house was partially damaged by the blast but no casualties have been reported in the incident.

DoD: Chief Warrant Officer 2 Randy L. Billings

DoD: Chief Warrant Officer 2 Joshua B. Silverman

DoD: Sgt. Peter C. Bohler

DoD: Sgt. 1st Class Omar W. Forde

DoD: Staff Sgt. Jesse L. Williams

DoD: Spc. Terry K. D. Gordon


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