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

Monday, June 21, 2010

War News for Monday, June 21, 2010

The British MoD is reporting the death of a British ISAF Marine from an IED attack in a hospital in Birmingham, UK, on Sunday June 20th. He was originally wounded in the Sangin district, Helmand province, Afghanistan on Saturday, June 12th.

NATO is reporting the deaths of two ISAF soldiers in separate IED attacks in unidentified locations in southern Afghanistan on Monday, June 21st.

NATO is reporting the deaths of four ISAF soldiers in a helicopter crash in an undisclosed location in southern Afghanistan on Monday, June 21st. The Australian DM announced that three of the four were Australian soldiers and the fourth is an American according to a U.S. spokesman. seven other Australian soldiers were wounded. There's no statements on the other four passengers of the helicopter but we assume they were Americans and wounded in the crash.

Here's an amusing video on the BP oil spill.

Reported security incidents

#1: One civilian was seriously wounded when a bobby-trapped motorcycle went off on Monday in central Baiji district. “The blast occurred today noon in central Baiji, 40 km north of Tikrit city,” a local police source told Aswat al-Iraq news agency.

Six civilians were wounded when explosives attached to a motorbike detonated in a market in Baiji, 180 km (112 miles) north of Baghdad, police said.

#1: One civilian was killed on Monday by gunmen’s fire west of Mosul city. “Armed men around noon today gunned down a civilian before his house at al-Zenjeeli area, west of Mosul,” a local police source told Aswat al-Iraq news agency.

Afghanistan: "The Forgotten War"
#1: Elsewhere, a spokesman for the Wardak provincial police, Wakil Sherzai, said the Taliban beheaded the acting chief of the province's district of Sayyed Abad. Gunmen seized the man at his home four days ago and his body was found Monday.

#2: Two Afghan policemen were killed and two were wounded Monday by a roadside bomb in the Nad Ali district of Helmand province, the Interior Ministry said.

#3: A dozen militants ambushed a Pakistani military patrol in the northwestern tribal badlands Monday, killing three soldiers and sparking deadly clashes, officials said. The incident took place in Kasha village in Orakzai, the district where the military said on June 1 that major combat operations as part of an anti-Taliban offensive were over. "Three soldiers of the Frontier Corps were killed and five others wounded in the attack," an official from the paramilitary told AFP. Around a dozen militants attacked the convoy, triggering a gunfight which killed more than 10 rebels, the official added.

#4: Six Afghan soldiers were killed and four wounded in explosions in southern Zabul and eastern Nangarhar provinces, the Defence Ministry said.

#5: One Afghan civilian was killed and another wounded when an old landmine exploded in the remote northeastern province of Badakhshan on Saturday, the Interior Ministry said.


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