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

Thursday, December 12, 2013

War News for Thursday, December 12, 2013

Reported security incidents
#1: An accidental detonation of explosives stored in an Afghan facility beside the U.S. embassy in Kabul sparked a brief panic early on Thursday, triggering concerns of an attack, but no immediate reports of casualties. The blast happened about 10.30 a.m. (0600GMT), and the U.S. embassy's alarm was heard blaring across the diplomatic area of the Afghan capital immediately afterwards.

A blast in a warehouse of Afghanistan's National Directorate for Security (NDA) or national spy agency caused panic among the people on Thursday, Xinhua news agency reported.

#2: Gun battle between security forces and Taliban militants in Badakhshan province left 17 insurgents dead, provincial governor Shah Waliullah Adeen said Thursday. "The conflict which erupted in Jarm district on Wednesday and was over today (Thursday) have left 17 Taliban rebels dead,"Adeeb told Xinhua. He also admitted that two policemen were killed and two others sustained injuries during the two-day gun battle.


Cervantes said...

Oy vey:

"SANAA — Fifteen people on their way to a wedding in Yemen were killed in an air strike after their party was mistaken for an al Qaeda convoy, local security officials said on Thursday."

That was by a drone. Your tax dollars at work. Who is the terrorist, again?

Anonymous said...

Wow. Ths war is ridiculous. Send our troops home abd stop killing people geezzzz

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