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

Monday, December 8, 2008

War News for Monday, December 08, 2008

Airpower summary Dec. 5:

Dec. 6 airpower summary:

Taliban in 72 percent of Afghanistan, think-tank says:

Taliban chief: More fighting to come:

5 Filipino troops killed in clash with militants:

US Army asked to review 2 troop deaths in Iraq:

Kurdish rebels halt attacks for Muslim holiday:

Asia Times: NATO scuttles US plan to encircle Russia:

Reported Security incidents:

Al Anbar Prv:
#1: A joint force of Iraqi Police and US military found 20 unidentified corpses in Albyar area southeast of Ramadi city on Monday morning. The corpses were moved to Fallujah and buried in al Maadhidi cemetery in downtown Fallujah.

#1: Militants in Pakistan torched 50 more military trucks early Monday in the northwestern city of Peshawar, a police official said, in the latest attacks on supply lines into Afghanistan for the United States and its allies. Muhammad Iftikhar, deputy superintendent of Peshawar police, told CNN that Monday's attack targeted a truck terminal on the same road where militants destroyed scores of containers, trailers and vehicles on Sunday. The supplies were destined for the Afghan National Army, a spokesman for NATO in the Afghan capital, Kabul said. There were no injuries or arrests reported.

Armed militants torched nearly 100 vehicles destined for NATO forces in Afghanistan early Monday, the second such raid in two days, police said. This time the attackers set nearly 100 vehicles alight including jeeps and 20 supply trucks after dousing them with petrol, police said.Firefighters called to the scene managed to save another 40.

#2: Militants also fired rockets at two trucks carrying supplies for Nato forces as they drove along the ring road overnight. The route from Peshawar through the Khyber Pass to the border town of Torkham is the most important supply line for US and Nato forces fighting a Taliban insurgency in landlocked Afghanistan.

#3: U.S.-led coalition and Afghan forces killed six militants during a security patrol in the Sangin district, about 490 km (305 miles) southwest of Kabul, on Sunday, the U.S. military said.

It seems to be a slow news day but I'll do an update later today if needed. -- whisker