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 3, 2013

War News for Tuesday, December 03, 2013

New Taleban chief in Pakistan’s tribal areas

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Reported security incidents
#1: A powerful blast rocked Marja district in the southern Afghan province of Helmand on Tuesday, killing two civilians and injuring 10 others, spokesman for provincial government Omar Zawak said. "The terrorists planted explosive device onto a motorbike and detonated it at 12:30 p.m. local time in a bazaar today leaving two civilians dead and injuring 10 others," Zawak told Xinhua. Meantime, an official on the condition of anonymity said that the terrorists exploded an explosive-borne motorbike by remote control to target a police van, causing no harm to police and all the victims are civilians.

#2: A roadside bomb struck a police van in Afghanistan's southern Zabul province, leaving three police dead and injuring three others on Tuesday, deputy to provincial governor Mohammad Jan Rasoulyar said.

#3: A senior Taliban leader was killed along with four other militants following a drone strike by coalition security forces in eastern Kunar province of Afghanistan.