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, July 6, 2010

War News for Tuesday, July 06, 2010

The British MoD is reporting the death of a British ISAF soldier from a roadside bombing in the Nahr-e Saraj district, Helmand province, Afghanistan on Monday, July 5th. Here's the ISAF release.

The British MoD is reporting another death of a British ISAF soldier at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham, UK, on Monday, July 5th. He was wounded in an IED attack in the Nahr-e Saraj district, Helmand province, Afghanistan on Sunday, July 4th.

NATO is reporting the deaths of two ISAF soldiers in an IED attack in an undisclosed area in western Afghanistan on Monday, July 5th.

Twelve die as Turkish troops clash with PKK

Morpeth man dies on duty in Afghanistan: Shaun Sexton, 30, who was born in Morpeth, died after being shot while on duty as a security guard in Northern Afghanistan, on Friday.

Noam Chomsky interview: (off topic)

Two British soldiers wounded each day in Afghanistan

2 Yemeni security killed in shootout with al-Qaida

Reported security incidents

#1: A roadside bomb targeting Shi'ite pilgrims in northeastern Baghdad wounded five people, a source in the Interior Ministry said.

#2: A mortar round or rocket landed near an apartment block in Baghdad's Green Zone government and diplomatic enclave, wounding three people, an Interior Ministry source said.

#1: Seven people, including a policeman, were wounded in a bomb blast that targeted a police checkpoint in western Mosul city on Monday, according to a local security source. “The explosion targeted a federal police checkpoint in Zanjili area, western Mosul, leaving seven, including one policeman, injured,” the source told Aswat al-Iraq news agency. “A gunman hurled the bomb and escaped,” he said, adding the civilians happened to be near the blast site.

Afghanistan: "The Forgotten War"
#1: Three insurgents were killed while planting a land mine in northern Kunduz on Monday, the Afghan interior ministry said on Tuesday.