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, December 9, 2010

War News for Thursday, December 09, 2010

NATO is reporting the death of an ISAF soldier from an insurgent attack in an undisclosed location in southern Afghanistan on Thursday, December 9th.

Reported security incidents

#1: Gunmen using silenced weapons shot dead Omar Jassim Mohammed, head of the auditing department in the Supreme Judiciary Council, in his car in Baghdad's southwestern Amil district on Wednesday, a source in the interior ministry said.

#2: Gunmen using silenced weapons shot dead an off-duty police captain on Wednesday in Baghdad's western district of Amiriya, a source in the interior ministry said.

#1: Gunmen killed a member of a government-backed Sunni militia and wounded another when they attacked a security checkpoint in Taji, 20 km (12 miles) north of Baghdad, a source in the interior ministry said.

Afghanistan: "The Forgotten War"
#1: Unknown armed men abducted 18 de-miners in Khost province east of Afghanistan on Thursday, police said.

DoD: Staff Sgt. Vincent W. Ashlock

DoD: Sgt. Jason D. Peto