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

Tuesday, December 17, 2013

War News for Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Pakistan stung by Iran pipeline blow

Pakistan's polio workers targeted for killing

Afghan army hands over check posts to Taliban in Helmand

Reported security incidents
#1: Unknown armed men set ablaze a NATO oil tanker in Wadh area of Khuzdar district on Tuesday. According to Levies force Afghanistan bound NATO oil tanker was on its way when gunmen riding a motorbike intercepted and set it on fire and fled.

#2: At least two Afghan border policemen were killed and four others along with two civilians injured when an explosive went off in southern province of Kandahar, an official said Tuesday. The incident happened in Wish Bazaar area near the border with the Pakistani, where an IED rugged bicycle blew up killing two Afghan border keepers and wounding four others, said police spokesman, Ziaurrahman Durrani. He also confirmed injury of two civilians as well.

#3: A blast occurred near the security forces convoy when it was passing through Mir Ali area of North Waziristan on Tuesday, Geo News reported. The sources confirmed the explosion and added that a remote-controlled bomb went off when the security personnel were passing through Mir Ali area today. However, fortunately no loss of life was reported.


Cervantes said...

Meanwhile, Iraq descends into the abyss, largely ignored by Americans. I presume Tom Friedman figures it will all work out in six months.

whisker said...

Not to mention 6 dead in a helo crash in southern Afghanistan.

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