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

Friday, July 25, 2008

War News for Friday, July 25, 2008

The British MoD is reporting the death of a British ISAF soldier from small arms fire in the Sangin area of Helmand Province, Afghanistan on Thursday, July 24th. Six other soldiers were wounded in the attack. Here's the NATO statement.

The Danish military is reporting the death of a Danish ISAF soldier in a mine or IED attack north of FOB Attal in Helmand province, Afghanistan on Friday, July 25th. Three other soldiers were wounded in the attack.

CNN is reporting the death of a U.S.-led coalition CJTF - 101 soldier from non-combat related causes in Afghanistan on Friday, July 25th. No other details were released. Here's CJTF - 101 statement.

July 23 airpower summary:

A roadside bomb wounds 17 soldiers in Afghanistan earlier this week.

Reported Security incidents:

#1: Iraqi police found the body of a civilian in Baghdad, police said.

#1: Unidentified gunmen killed a woman inside her home in eastern Mosul city on Friday, a security source in the province of Ninewa said. "Unknown gunmen stormed a house in al-Karama neighborhood, eastern Mosul, and opened fire at a woman, killing her instantly," the source, who did not want to be named, told Aswat al-Iraq – Voices of Iraq.

#2: A roadside bomb struck an Iraqi police patrol, wounding three policemen in western Mosul, 390 km (240 miles) north of Baghdad, police said.

#3: A sniper killed an Iraqi soldier in western Mosul, police said.

#1: Afghan officials say three Taliban militants have been killed in clashes with police in southern Afghanistan. The Interior Ministry says the insurgents were killed in a clash today in the Gereshk district of Helmand province. There were no police casualties.

#2: Dozens of Taliban fighters were killed in a US airstrike in east-central Afghanistan officials said Friday. As many as 40 Taliban fighters were killed in the airstrike in Ghazni province, about 130 kilometres west of Kabul, local officials said. US planes bombed a group of Taliban who were meeting at a Taliban gathering place near the district centre of Ajristan late Thursday, a spokesman for Ghazni Governor Ismail Jahangir said. The Ajristan district was captured by the Taliban earlier this week. The militants were forced out of the district, leaving more than a dozen fatalities behind, as hundreds of Afghan troops moved in Wednesday.

Casualty Reports:

Lance Bombardier Paul Gray, 25, who has been battling against the Taliban in Afghanistan has suffered horrific injuries after his vehicle struck a roadside bomb. he was thrown to the ground when his vehicle, which was travelling with a convoy of five vehicles, hit an anti-tank mine on Saturday, July 12. He was left with a fractured skull, spine and ribs following the blast which happened during a routine patrol in the Helmand Province.