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

Saturday, February 27, 2010

War News for Saturday, February 27, 2010

The DoD is reporting the death of a soldier at Landstuhl Regional Medical Center, Germany on Thursday, February 25th. Sgt. William C. Spencer was wounded in in undisclosed injury while supporting combat operations at Combat Outpost Marez, Ninawa province, Iraq on Saturday, February 20th.

Iraqi Sunnis Pin Their Hopes on Elections:

French Filmmaker Severin Blanchet Killed in Kabul:

Italian "diplomatic counsellor" killed in Kabul attack:

15 Pak citizens detained at Bagram airbase in Afghanistan: Brit

In Afghanistan, U.S. plans major push into Kandaha:

Reported security incidents

#1: Unidentified gunmen shot dead the imam (prayer leader) and preacher of a mosque in al-Jihad neighborhood, southern Baghad, on Friday, eyewitnesses from the area said. “Unidentified gunmen in a vehicle opened drive-by fire at Sheikh Mahmoud Jassem al-Samarraie, the imam and preacher of the Abu Bakr al-Siddiq mosque, killing him instantly,” an eyewitness told Aswat al-Iraq news agency.

Afghanistan: "The Forgotten War"
#1: A suicide car bomber attacked a police station Saturday in northwestern Pakistan, killing four people and wounding about two dozen, underscoring the continuing security threat to the country despite army operations against militants. The blast on the police station in Karak in North West Frontier Province also toppled a mosque next door, said Ajmal Khan, a government official. Two police and two civilians were killed, and both police and civilians were among the wounded.

#2: Meanwhile, a commander of the paramilitary Frontier Corps said it killed 25 militants near the northwestern district of Darra Adam Khel during a joint operation with police on Thursday and Friday in the area of Spina, after getting a tip that a group of militants was hiding there. One security force member was killed and five others were wounded in the fighting, Commander Safwat Ghayur said.

#3: Also Saturday, at least one person died and several others were wounded when gunmen opened fire on a procession in the northwestern town of Dera Ismail Khan, said Dr. Qutbuddin Khan, who works at a local hospital.

#4: Eight people, including three soldiers, were killed in a clash between security forces and Taliban militants in Afghanistan's northern Kunduz province, authorities said Saturday. 'Afghan forces backed by the NATO-led troops had killed five Taliban rebels and arrested seven others during a cleanup operation launched in Chardara district Thursday and concluded Friday,' provincial governor Mohammad Omar said. He said three Afghan security personnel were killed in the operation while the same number of NATO troopers and an Afghan soldier sustained injuries, according to Xinhua.

MoD: Senior Aircraftman Luke Southgate

MoD: Rifleman Martin Kinggett

DoD: Cpl. Daniel T. O’Leary

DoD: Sgt. William C. Spencer