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 2, 2013

War News for Monday, December 02, 2013

US military halt logistic support to some Afghan military units

Reported security incidents
#1: At least four Afghan police officers have been killed and 17 people injured by a suicide truck bomber in eastern Afghanistan. District police chief Abdul Ghafour was among those injured on December 2. The attack occurred at the entrance of a district police base in Wardak Province, southwest of Kabul.

#2: Pakistani Intelligence officials say gunmen attacked a security convoy near a checkpoint in a tribal region close to the Afghan border, killing three soldiers and injuring two others. Two intelligence officials say the gunmen struck in the Bazai area of the tribal region on Saturday evening, opening indiscriminate fire on the convoy taking food supplies to the checkpoint.

#3: Seven students were wounded in a bomb blast inside education faculty of Nangarhar University.
The blast occurred at 11:30am this morning when most of the students were leaving the faculty. Primary investigation by police shows that the bomb was placed in vehicles’ parking site in a motorcycle. Ahmad Zeya Abdulzai spokesman of Nangarhar governor said BNA; seven students were wounded in the explosion.

#4: Three militants were killed and nine others wounded in a series of military raids carried out by the Afghan security forces within day, said the country's Interior Ministry on Monday. "Afghan National Police (ANP) supported by the army and the National Directorate for Security (NDS) conducted several anti- terrorism operations in Helmand, Farah, Paktika, Logar, Kandahar, Balkh, Badakhshan and Kunar provinces in the past 24 hours. As a result three armed Taliban members were killed, nine wounded and 12 others were arrested," the ministry said in a statement.

#5: Taliban militants and Afghan national security forces suffered heavy casualties during heavy clashes in western Badghis province of Afghanistan, local officials said.