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

Saturday, March 19, 2011

War News for Saturday, March 19, 2011

The MoD is reporting the death of a British ISAF soldier from an IED attack in the Nahr-e Saraj district, Helmand province, Afghanistan on Friday, March 18th.

NATO is reporting the deaths of two ISAF soldiers from a shooting incident from an Afghani security guard in an undisclosed location in southern Afghanistan presumably on Saturday, March 19th.

NATO is reporting the death of an ISAF soldier from an IED attack in an undisclosed location in eastern Afghanistan on Saturday, March 19th.

Houston Marine sergeant killed in training flight

Pak air force at higher alert after US drone attacks: report

Reported security incidents

Jurf al sakhar:
#1: Gunmen stormed a house on Friday and killed two brothers belonging to the government-backed Sunni Sahwa militia in Jurf al-Sakhar in western Mussayab, about 60 km (40 miles) south of Baghdad, police said.

#1: A roadside bomb killed three shepherds in Baiji, 180 km (112 miles) north of Baghdad on Friday, police said.

#1: An Iraqi lawyer has been killed by unknown gunmen in northern Iraq's oil rich city of Kirkuk on Friday, a Kirkuk Police director said on Saturday. "A group of unknown gunmen opened fire on a lawyer, called Mohammed Khalaf al-Azzawi, in front of his house south of Kirkuk, killing him on the spot, Brigadier Sarhad Qader told Aswat al-Iraq news agency.

Afghanistan: "The Forgotten War"
#1: Eight Taliban insurgents were killed Friday night in Afghanistan's Badghis province, some 555 km northwest of capital city Kabul as NATO-led troops and Afghan forces pounded militants' hideouts, an official said Saturday. "Based on intelligence reports, a unit of Afghan and international forces raided militants hideout in Bala Murghab district late Friday night as a result eight insurgents were killed," spokesman for provincial administration, Sharafdin Majidi told Xinhua. According to the official, no casualties on combined forces and civilians were reported during the raid.

DoD: Lance Cpl. Christopher S. Meis


dancewater said...

Today, on the 8th anniversary of the illegal and immoral war of aggression on Iraq, and the occupation and destruction of Iraq, the US government decided to start up another illegal and immoral war of aggression on Libya.

Change we can believe in!