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

Wednesday, December 18, 2013

War News for Wednesday, December 18, 2013

The DoD is reporting the death of Petty Officer 1st Class James L. Smith who died a non-combat related incident in Landstuhl Regional Medical Center, Germany on Wednesday, December 11th.

The military is reporting the deaths of six American ISAF soldiers when a black hawk helicopter crashed in an undisclosed location in southern Afghanistan on Tuesday, December 17th.

Pentagon probes whether U.S. troops killed by enemy fire - The Pentagon urgently investigated whether six American troops killed in Afghanistan on Tuesday may have died from enemy fire after their helicopter crashed, rather than from the crash itself, two senior U.S. officials said.

Photos: Taliban attacks U.S. base in Afghanistan

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Pakistan Taliban reject gov't dialogue offer

Reported security incidents
#1: Militants attacked a transit point for NATO supplies on the Afghan-Pakistani border early Wednesday, prompting a firefight that left at least four people dead and damaged more than a dozen vehicles, a government official said. Ahmad Zia Abdulzai, a spokesman for the governor of eastern Nangarhar province, said Afghan security forces fought a group of armed suicide bombers for more than two hours. The firefight left one member of the Afghan Public Protection Forces dead and at least five other people wounded, he said.

Earlier on Wednesday, one policeman and three Taliban militants were killed and 16 trucks were destroyed when Taliban launched a massive suicide and shooting attack against a NATO-led coalition forces in Torkham, a bordering town near the Pakistan border.

#2: Four militants were killed and 23 others detained in military operations across Afghanistan since early Tuesday, the country's Interior Ministry said on Wednesday morning.

#3: NATO forces in eastern Afghanistan came under attack on Wednesday, a military spokeswoman said. NATO-led International Security Assistance Force spokeswoman Lt. Col. Latondra Kinley said the Torkham base in Nangarhar province was hit by indirect fire.

DoD: Petty Officer 1st Class James L. Smith


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