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 18, 2010

War News for Thursday, November 18, 2010

The British MoD is reporting the death of an ISAF soldier from small arms fire/gunshot wounds in the Nahr-e Saraj district, Helmand province, Afghanistan on Wednesday, November 17th.

NATO details Afghan clash that killed 5 Americans

Reported security incidents

#1: Two civilians were wounded when an improvised explosive device (IED) went off near their vehicle south of Baghdad city on Thursday, according to a local security source. “An IED attached by unidentified gunmen to a civilian vehicle went off while it was going by the Djisr Diala area, south of Baghdad, leaving two people wounded,” the source told Aswat al-Iraq news agency.

#2: Thirty prisoners escaped from northern Baghdad’s Tasfirat prison, following clashes with the prison guards, a security source in Baghdad said on Thursday. “Clashes erupted on Wednesday night between the guards and prisoners in northern Baghdad’s Tasfirat prison, in which firearms were used, leaving some prisoners wounded and causing chaos that helped 30 prisoners to escape from the prison,” the security source told Aswat al-Iraq news agency.

Afghanistan: "The Forgotten War"
#1: "Eighteen Taliban insurgents were killed when NATO-led airstrikes attacked on their meeting Wednesday in Nad Ali district in Helmand province," Xinhua quoted Ghulam Farooq Parwani, an official of Afghan National Army, as saying.

DoD: Staff Sgt. Kevin M. Pape

DoD: Staff Sgt. Javier O. Ortiz Rivera

DoD: Spc. Shane H. Ahmed

DoD: Spc. Nathan E. Lillard

DoD: Spc. Scott T. Nagorski

DoD: Spc. Jesse A. Snow

DoD: Pfc. Christian M. Warriner