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

Tuesday, March 1, 2011

War News for Tuesday, March 01, 2011

NATO is reporting the deaths of two ISAF soldiers from an IED attack in an undisclosed location in eastern Afghanistan on Monday, February 28th.

NATO is reporting the death of an ISAF soldier from an insurgent attack in an undisclosed location in southern Afghanistan on Monday, March 1st.

Base was hit by rocket during Rep. Cicilline’s visit to Iraq

Afghanistan recounts vote in 10 provinces

Yemeni claims CIA torture in secret prisons

Reported security incidents

#1: A Major officer from the Interior Minister escaped an assassination attempt due to a bomb stuck to his car in Al Aazamiya region, northern Baghdad. The bomb detonated after the officer left the car, a police source said.

Diyala Prv:
#1: A katyusha landed near the US airport base in Al Sabtiya region, northern Baaquba, on Tuesday at dawn without knowing the extent of damages or any reports on casualties.

#1: Three civilians were wounded on Monday by a roadside bomb blast in eastern Mosul, according to a security source. “A roadside bomb went off on Monday (Feb. 28) targeting an army vehicle patrol in al-Jazaer neighborhood, eastern Mosul,” the source told Aswat al-Iraq news agency.

Afghanistan: "The Forgotten War"
#1: Taliban militants in Pakistan’s lawless northwestern tribal belt on Tuesday shot dead four local tribesmen they accused of spying for the United States, officials said. The bullet-riddled bodies were dumped on a roadside in Miramshah, the main town of North Waziristan tribal district and a known hub of Taliban and al Qaeda-linked militants.

DoD: Spc. Andrew C. Wilfahrt