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 10, 2013

War News for Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Planes Parked in Weeds in Kabul After $486 Million Spent

Reported security incidents
#1: Rocket attack by Taliban militants on a village in Afghanistan's Northwest Badghis province claimed the lives of six civilians on Monday night, the Interior Ministry said in a statement released in Kabul on Tuesday. "Six innocent civilians were martyred as a rocket fired by Taliban militants slammed into a house in Balamirghab district last night killing six innocent civilians," the statement added.

#2: In another violent incident, three children were killed and another injured as an explosive device went off in the northern Saripul province on Monday.

In a gruesome incident, a mine left over from the past conflicts, exploded Monday afternoon killing three innocent children in the northern Saripul province.

#3: "Units of police backed by the army have killed 15 Taliban militants during series of operations in Kunar, Laghman, Kunduz, Nangarhar, Balkh and Khost provinces over the past 24 hours," the statement added.

#4: National Directorate of Security (NDS) announced Tuesday that coordinated attacks were foiled by Afghan security forces in capital Kabul. NDS spokesman, Gen. Farid told reporters in capital Kabul Tuesday that militants had plotted to carry out 9 suicide attacks and explosion in Kabul city.

#5: According to local authorities in eastern Kunar province of Afghanistan, Pakistani military fired at least six artillery shells in Kunar province. Provincial security chief, Abdul Habib Syed Kheli confirming the report said Pakistani military shelled Dandam district on Monday night.


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