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 5, 2013

War News for Thursday, December 05, 2013

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Reported security incidents
#1: Shortly after midnight on Nov. 29, a large rocket exploded in the barracks building where Albert Haas was sleeping, killing him and and a female civilian worker, Kenneth Haas said. Albert Haas' employer, AAR Airlift, of Palm Bay, Fla.

#2: Militants killed one policeman and wounded another in an attack on a checkpost in northwestern Pakistan, officials said on Thursday. The attack took place on the outskirts of Bannu town, in Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa province, which has seen several terrorist attacks in the past – many of them targeting security officials. “A group of up to five militants riding motorbikes attacked the checkpost late on Wednesday night, threw hand grenades and later opened fire, killing one policeman and wounding another one,” local police official Noor Wali said.

#3: At least six Afghan civilians were injured Thursday as a suicide bombing hit a foreign troops' convoy in Maiwand district of southern Kandahar province, said a provincial source.

At least 30 people have been reportedly killed or injured following a suicide attack in southern Kandahar province of Afghanistan on Thursday. Mr. Faisal further added that a suicide bomber targeted a convoy of the coalition security forces in the busy market. The source further added that four coalition security forces were also injured in the attack.

#4: Meantime, a security official told Xinhua on condition of anonymity that "four foreign soldiers and 10 Afghan civilians were wounded in the blast which took place at the busy marketplace at around 1:00 p.m. (local time) in Maiwand district, western of provincial capital Kandahar city."

#5: An explosion went off in Afghanistan' s capital of Kabul late Wednesday night, causing panic among the residents, witnesses and officials said early Thursday morning. Meantime, a security official told Xinhua on condition of anonymity that "an explosion went off in Dar-ul-Aman road, near the parliament building. An investigation was launched into the incident and details will be public afterwards,"