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 10, 2008

War News for Wednesday, December 10, 2008

ICOS: The International Council on Security and Development: The Struggle for Kabul: The Taliban Advances: PDF:

Britain to withdraw remaining troops from Iraq by March:

Philippine military: 50 militants killed in weekend clashes:

Russia warns West not to meddle in ex-Soviet Union:

#1: No security incidents have been reported in the Iraqi capital during the Eidul-Adha, or the Greater Bairam, holiday, a spokesperson for the Baghdad Operation Command (BOC) said on Wednesday.

#2: Police found one dead body in Taji (north of Baghdad) in Karkh bank in Baghdad today.

Diyala Prv:
#1: One civilian was killed on Wednesday evening and two others were wounded when a roadside bomb went off in Jalawlaa, said the director of major crimes investigations office in the district.

#1: Unknown gunmen on Wednesday detonated the house of Sheikh Salih al-Igaidi, northern Wassit, without causing any casualties, said a source from the Iraqi police. “The house is in Jwemesa area of al-Sowaira suburb, 135 km north of Kut city,” the source told Aswat al-Iraq. “The Sheikh’s family was not at home when the incident took place,” he said.

#1: A roadside bomb detonated in Sukar neighborhood in Mosul city Tuesday night. No casualties reported.

#1: U.S. Special Forces killed six Afghan police and wounded 13 early Wednesday in a case of mistaken identity after the police fired on the Americans during an operation against an insurgent commander, officials said. A U.S. military statement said police fired on the American forces after the troops battled and killed an armed militant in the city of Qalat, the capital of the southern province of Zabul. The Americans returned fire on the police but only later learned their identities. One Afghan civilian was also killed in the exchange.

#2: U.S.-led coalition and Afghan security forces killed four militants in separate clashes while on joint patrol in Nahr Surkh district of Helmand province, some 530 km (330 miles) southwest of Kabul on Monday, the U.S military said.