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

Thursday, November 26, 2009

War News for Thursday, November 26, 2009

Statement: President Mills mourns Ghanaian soldier killed in Afghanistan:

German military's inspector general removed:

U.S. Seeks 10,000 Troops From Its Allies in Afghanistan:

UK: NATO to offer 5,000 troops for Afghanistan:

President vs. party on troop increase:

Reported security incidents

#1: One civilian was killed and another one was injured in a sticky bomb blast in eastern Baghdad, a police source said. “A bomb, attached to a civilian car, went off on Thursday (Nov. 26) in Qanat al-Jiesh street in eastern Baghdad, killing two civilians onboard and damaging the car,” the source told Aswat al-Iraq news agency.

#2: One civilian was wounded when a sticky bomb attached to his car went off, a source from the Iraqi police said on Thursday. “The blast took place in al-Maghrib St. of al-Adhamiya neighborhood, northern Baghdad,” the source told Aswat al-Iraq news agency.

#1: They said one of the Thursday attacks involved two home-made bombs that targeted a vegetables market in Mussayab, about 28 miles (45 kilometers) south of Baghdad, killing two people and injuring 26.

#1: The second attack took place two hours earlier when a car bomb hit a suburban bus station in the Youssifiyah area just south of Baghdad. Two people were killed and six injured in that attack.

#1: A cart rigged with explosives on Wednesday went off in northern Mosul, causing no casualties, according to a local security source.

#2: Gunmen killed a civilian and wounded another when they opened fire on their vehicle in western Mosul, 390 km (240 miles) north of Baghdad, on Wednesday, police said.

Afghanistan: "The Forgotten War"
#1: Officials say a helicopter belonging to an international military contractor has gone missing in Afghanistan. NATO spokesman Maj. Steven Coll said Thursday that a helicopter for Supreme Global Service Solutions has been missing since late Tuesday. A representative for Supreme, which supplies food and logistics services to the military, declined to comment. A spokesman for eastern Logar province's government said that they were searching for the craft in Kharwar district. Din Mohammad Darwirsh said they did not have any confirmation of a crash and no one had seen any wreckage. He said international military forces and local police were conducting the search.

However, Taliban purported spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid in talks with media via cell phone from undisclosed location claimed that his men crashed a helicopter in Logar, saying that they have had the wreckage.

#2: Two policemen were critically injured in a remote controlled explosion on the outskirts of this North West Frontier Province (NWFP) capital Thursday. The remote-controlled device was planted near a school and a power pylon in the congested Rasheedabad area. It went off when station house officer Riaz-ul Islam, accompanied by his police guard, was driving to his office in his private car, Online news agency reported.

#3: Eight militants were killed as Afghan and U.S.-led forces responded their attack in eastern Paktika province in Afghanistan, provincial administration spokesman said on Thursday. "A group of Taliban militants attacked Afghan National Army (ANA) convoy in Sarhawza district late Wednesday," Hamidullah Jawak told Xinhua. To respond the attack, he said ANA called on coalition troops and U.S.-led forces. Gunship helicopters pounded the position, killing eight rebels.