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 25, 2013

War News for Wesnesday, December 25, 2013

Reported security incidents
#1: Two Taliban rockets landed inside the US embassy compound in Kabul early on Wednesday, causing no casualties. Another rocket landed near a hill where former kings and members of the old royal family are buried in a large mausoleum, a spokesman for the National Directorate of Security told AFP

#2: The ministry of interior said four policemen had suffered minor injuries on Wednesday morning when some other explosive ordnance detonated as they were investigating the rocket on Maranjan hill.

#3: One Afghan army soldier was killed while two other soldiers were wounded Wednesday when an army vehicle set off an improvised explosive device (IED) in eastern province of Khost, the provincial government confirmed in a statement.

#4: At least 19 people including Afghan police officers were killed or injured following an explosion in Logar province of Afghanistan on Wednesday. Provincial governor spokesman, Din Mohammad Darwish confirming the report said, the incident took place in Pul-e-Alam city on Wednesday afternoon. Mr. Darwish further added that a bicycle packed with explosives went off in a busy area in Pul-e-Alam city, leaving 4 civilians and 2 police officers dead.

#5: At least 16 militants were killed and 7 others were injured during coordinated military operations across the country, interior ministry said on Wednesday. The militants were killed or injured during the operations conducted during the past 24 hours in various provinces of Afghanistan.

DoD: Sgt. Daniel M. Vasselian


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