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 30, 2013

War News for Monday, December 30, 2013

Afghanistan frees 650 inmates from Bagram prison

Reported security incidents
#1: Three persons were killed including a woman and her two children and two other injured as a bomb planted in a Hujra in Charsadda district on Monday, local police said. Some unknown terrorists destroyed the Hujra of a local resident, Alamgir, with planted explosives. According to Bomb Disposal Squad (BDS) initial investigation revealed that explosives were planted inside the house.

#2: A health worker supervising a polio vaccination campaign was fatally shot and two others were wounded on Saturday when gunmen opened fire at a hospital in northwestern Pakistan, officials said.

#3: Two police officials were killed and another critically injured in firing by unidentified gunmen in Rawalpindi garrison city on Monday. According to RPO Akhtar Hayat Lalika, the police officials were deployed for security at Imambargah in Dhok Sayedan when four unidentified gunmen on two motorbikes opened fire on them.
#4: Eight Taliban militants were killed in separate military operations in Afghanistan, the country's Interior Ministry said on Monday.

#5: According to local authorities in western Farah province of Afghanistan, at least two construction workers were killed following a roadside improvised explosive device (IED) explosion.

DoD: Capt. David I. Lyon

MoD: Captain Richard Holloway killed in Afghanistan


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