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 28, 2009

War News for Tuesday, April 28, 2009

April 25 airpower summary:

Pipeline stretched from Halfaya to Missan:

Estonia Could Double Afghanistan ISAF Force - Ministry:

Nato warships begin exercise with Pakistan Navy:

Reported Security incidents:

Afghanistan: "The Forgotten War"
#1: A clash between Taliban insurgents and police in the outskirts of Kabul claimed the lives of over a dozen people including a police officer, a press release of the Interior Ministry said Tuesday. "The clash occurred in Mosahi district outside Kabul city on Monday during which 12 rebels and a police officer were killed," the press release said. It also said that the operation is continuing in the area to root out militants and ensure security for the citizens.

#2: Two civilians were killed and seven others, including five children, were wounded when a rocket hit a residential area in the Lashkar Gah district some 555 km (345) miles southwest of Kabul on Monday, a provincial official said. It was not immediately clear who had fired the rocket.

#3: A roadside bomb killed five Afghan police as they conducted an operation against militants on Monday in Paktika some 150 km (95 miles) south of Kabul, the interior ministry said.

#4: Fighter jets began bombing Taliban hide-outs in a district near the Pakistani capital Tuesday, a military spokesman said, signaling an expansion of an offensive against militants seemingly emboldened by a controversial peace deal. Ground troops also are preparing to enter Buner district, said Maj. Nasir Khan, adding there were no immediate reports of casualties.