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

Monday, December 16, 2013

War News for Monday, December 16, 2013

Forty Australians dead and 261 seriously wounded in Afghanistan

DOD Identifies Units for Upcoming Afghanistan Rotation

Reported security incidents
#1: A roadside bomb ripped through a police vehicle in eastern Afghanistan on Sunday, killing a district police chief and three policemen, an official said. The police chief of Pachir Wa Agam district of Nangarhar province had escaped an ambush by militants and was on the way to his office when his vehicle hit a roadside bomb, provincial spokesman Ahmad Zia Abdulzai said. “The police chief of Pachir Wa Agam along with three policemen were killed and seven police were wounded,” he said.

#2: Police in northwestern Pakistan say a roadside bomb has killed a senior bomb disposal officer and two members of his team, in Pakistan's troubled northwest region.

#3-4: Four Afghan army soldiers were killed and six others wounded in separate bomb attacks since late Sunday, said the country's defense ministry on Monday.

#3: "Two soldiers were martyred and one wounded in an improvised explosive device (IED) or roadside bomb attack in Nadir Shah Kot district of eastern Khost province," the ministry said in a statement.

#4: One army soldier was killed and five injured in similar blast in Chak district of eastern Wardak province and one army personnel was killed in an IED attack in eastern Kapisa province, the statement said.

#5: Ten militants were killed in an Afghan army operation in the country's eastern province of Ghazni overnight, said an army source on Monday. "Based on a tip off, the Afghan army launched an operation in Godar area of Andar district Sunday night. As a result 10 armed insurgents, including a key militant leader named Mawlawi Raouf, were killed in the raid," the army spokesman in the province Nazifullah Sultani said.

#6: According local authorities in western Herat province of Afghanistan, an Afghan soldier has killed his 2 comrades in latest insider attack. Mr. Alokozai further added that the assailant soldier was also killed.


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