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

Friday, September 10, 2010

War News for Friday, September 10, 2010

IEA trims 2011 oil use growth estimate, sees risks

12 US soldiers accused of killing Afghan civilians

U.S. Concerned About TAPI Pipeline

U.S. Urges Iraqis to Try New Plan to Share Power

Three soldiers killed in south Yemen

Reported security incidents

Diyala Prv:
#1: Four men raided the home of a policeman in a village northwest of Baquba and beheaded his wife when they failed to find the officer, an interior ministry source said.

#2: Gunmen beheaded Sunni cleric Jabbar Saleh al-Jibouri at his house in a village near Muqdadiya, 80 km (50 miles) northeast of Baquba, the capital of Diyala province, a police spokesman said.

Afghanistan: "The Forgotten War"
#1: AN Australian soldier had been wounded in an insurgent bomb explosion in Afghanistan, the Defence Department says. The special operations soldier was injured when a Bushmaster vehicle was hit by an improvised explosive device (IED) in northern Kandahar Province on August 31. The driver of the vehicle was not hurt but the soldier, who was working nearby, sustained a minor wound and suffered concussion.

#2: An Afghan insurgent commander who was allegedly planning bombings in Kabul on the eve of the Sept. 18 parliamentary elections and two of his associates have been killed in an airstrike, NATO said Friday. The military alliance said in a statement that intelligence sources tracked Nur Mohammed and two armed militants to a field in the remote Musahi district of Kabul province. Coalition aircraft conducted the airstrike Thursday night after ensuring no civilians were present, it added.

DoD: Sgt. Jesse M. Balthaser

DoD: Sgt. Philip C. Jenkins

DoD: Pvt. James F. McClamrock

DoD: Cpl. John C. Bishop


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