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

Tuesday, April 21, 2009

War News for Tuesday, April 21, 2009

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Everybody in Baghdad knows someone who's been killed:

Reported Security incidents:

#1: Unknown gunmen launched two rockets toward a Multi-National Forces (MNF) base to the west of Kut city, a security source from Wassit province said on Monday. “The gunmen fired two Katyusha rockets,” the source told Aswat al-Iraq news agency. “The rockets targeted the Delta Base, 7 km west of Kut,” he said.

#1: Unknown gunmen killed a civilian amid al-Nabi Younnes marketplace in eastern Mosul,” a police source told Aswat al-Iraq news agency.

#2: Another police source said that an armed group shot and killed a taxi driver in Garage al-Shamal region in eastern Mosul.

#3: An improvised explosive device went off targeting U.S. forces in northern Mosul, without leaving casualties,” a security source said.

Afghanistan: "The Forgotten War"
#1: Afghan police and foreign troops killed seven militants in a joint mopping-up operation in Uruzgan porvince on Monday, about 300 km (160 miles) southwest of Kabul, the interior ministry said.

#2: Afghan soldiers and police backed by U.S. troops killed two militants in a gunbattle in Uruzgan province on Sunday, the U.S. military said.

#3: Pakistan's security forces, backed by gunship helicopters, continued their attacks on militants' hideouts in northwestern tribal region and killed 10 more militants on Monday. The security forces have started the military operation in Orakzai tribal agency bordering Afghanistan on Sunday, killing 12 militants, private Geo TV channel said. "Militants targeted security personnel in Orakzai Agency on Monday. In reply, the security forces' gunship helicopters carried out shelling, killing 10 militants," reports quoted sources as saying.