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, January 6, 2011

War News for Thursday, December 06, 2011

NATO is reporting the death of an ISAF soldier from an IED attack in an undisclosed location in eastern Afghanistan on Wednesday, January 5th.

NATO is reporting the death of another ISAF soldier from an IED attack in an undisclosed location in eastern Afghanistan on Wednesday, January 5th.

Anti-U.S. Cleric Returns to Iraq, and to Power

U.S. to send 1,400 extra troops to Afghanistan: report

US suspends contractors in Afghanistan

Reported security incidents

#1: “A sticky bomb was detonated in al-Qadissiya neighborhood near the train station in western Baghdad, killing a civilian and injuring another one,” the source told Aswat al-Iraq news agency.

#2: “Another bomb, stuck to a civilian car, exploded in al-Aamel neighborhood, western Baghdad, injuring two civilians,” he added.

#3: Noting that a roadside bomb went off in Zayouna region, eastern Baghdad, injuring two policemen and one civilian.

#4: An armed group was arrested on Thursday for attacking the Baghdad International Airport. “Anti-terror department arrested on Thursday an armed group for launching missiles toward the Baghdad International Airport,” al-Iraqiya satellite channel said in a breaking news. “The arrest came after an airdrop by the anti-terror department,” it explained.

#1: Police forces found on Wednesday two unknown bodies in eastern Kut, according to a police source. “The two corpses, belong to young man and woman, were found in Ghabat al-Karediya region, eastern Kut, and bore signs of gunshot wounds,” the source told Aswat al-Iraq news agency.

#2: One woman was killed in an armed attack on her house in western Kut, a police source said on Wednesday. “Unknown armed men attacked a house in al-Jihad neighborhood, western Kut, killing the woman using machine guns and fled to an unknown place,” the source told Aswat al-Iraq news agency.

#1: An anti-crime department element was wounded in a sticky bomb explosion in southwest of Kirkuk, a source from the joint coordination center said on Thursday. “A sticky bomb exploded late Wednesday targeting an anti-crime department element in al-Qadissiya region, southwest of Kirkuk, injuring him,” the source told Aswat al-Iraq news agency.

Afghanistan: "The Forgotten War"
#1: Unidentified persons have blown up a gas pipeline in Pakistan's southwestern Balochistan province, which partially disrupted gas supply, officials said Thursday. A spokesman for the Sui Southern Gas company said the pipeline was located at Akhtar Abad area of Quetta, the provincial capital. A police officer said that the explosives were placed under the pipeline, which detonated between the night of Wednesday and Thursday.