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

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

War News for Wednesday, November 17, 2010

NATO is reporting the death of an ISAF soldier from an IED blast in an undisclosed location in southern Afghanistan on Tuesday, November 16th.

France says Afghanistan is a trap

To Save Lives, NATO Is Razing Booby-Trapped Afghan Homes

NATO: Combat role in Afghanistan could pass 2014

GOP to jobless: Drop dead - (off topic)

Reported security incidents

Diyala Prv:
#1: “A bomb, stuck to a civilian car, went off in al-Mustapha neighborhood in central Baaquba on Wednesday (Nov. 17), killing the driver,” the source told Aswat al-Iraq news agency.

#1: According to police, unknown gunmen killed a civilian near his home located in Sikr, just east of Mosul.

#2: Another civilian died after police fired upon him by mistake, a security source said.

#3: Late Tuesday night, gunmen in Mosul had attacked and killed two women and a man from the same family while they were home.

Afghanistan: "The Forgotten War"
#1: Two rockets fired by suspected separatist militants, targeting a paramilitary post, wounded five civilians in Kohlu district of southwestern Baluchistan province on Wednesday, police said.

DoD: Staff Sgt. Juan L. Rivadeneira

DoD: Cpl. Jacob R. Carver

DoD: Spc. Jacob C. Carroll


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Iraq's first children's cancer hospital opens in Basra

BASRA, Iraq - Iraq's Minister of Health, Dr. Salih Mahdi opened the doors to the Basra Children's Hospital, the largest and first specialty care facility in Basra, Iraq, Oct. 21.

After six years and $166 million, the proposal that stemmed from former First Lady Laura Bush's desire to provide health care for the children of Iraq has finally become a reality, said Peter Bodde, assistant chief of mission, U.S. Embassy Baghdad.

The Basrah Children's Hospital is a state-of-the art acute and referral care facility that specializes in pediatric oncology.