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 27, 2013

War News for Friday, December 27, 2013

The military is reporting the deaths of three ISAF soldiers from a suicide vehicle born improvised explosive device in Kabul, Afghanistan on Friday, December 27th.

Reported security incidents
#1: A Taliban suicide bomber detonated an explosives-packed vehicle next to a Nato military convoy in Kabul on Friday, officials said, though no details about casualties were immediately available. The attack occurred on a main road that passes by a series of government compounds and military facilities in the Afghan capital on the way to the eastern city of Jalalabad.

#2-3: At least four civilians were killed or injured following separate blasts in southern Afghanistan on Thursday.

#3: In the meantime, two civilians were injured after a motorcycle packed with explosives went off in southern Helmand province of Afghanistan on Thursday.

#2: A kid was killed following a blast in Spin Boldak district of southern Kandahar province on Thursday afternoon. Zia Durani, spokesman for the provincial security department confirming the report said, another civilian was also injured in the blast.

#4: At least one person was killed and 15 others wounded when a bomb exploded in Pakistan's restive southwest on Thursday, officials said. The incident happened in Pashtunabad area on the outskirts of Quetta city.

#5: Afghan army special operation forces launched an operation in the country's eastern province of Laghman early Friday, killing eight Taliban insurgent group members while wounding one other rebel, a provincial government spokesman said.