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, May 31, 2011

War News for Tuesday, May 31, 2011

NATO is reporting the death of an ISAF soldier from an IED blast in an undisclosed area in eastern Afghanistan on Monday, May 30th.

NATO is reporting the death of another ISAF soldier from an IED blast in an undisclosed area in eastern Afghanistan on Monday, May 30th.

Reported security incidents

#1: Four civilians were hit by a bomb blast in west Baghdad, security sources said today. The source told Aswat al-Iraq that the bomb was planted on the side of the road.

#1: Two civilians were killed when a roadside bomb went off southwest of Kirkuk, 250 km (155 miles) north of Baghdad, police said.

#1: Unknown gunmen assassinated two cops west of Mosul, security forces said today. The source told Aswat al-Iraq that the two cops belong to the Federal Police in New Mosul area. He added that the two cops were within the vicinity of a check point.

#2: Three civilians were wounded when gunmen attacked an Iraqi military patrol with grenades in the western part of the city of Mosul, 390 km (240 miles) north of Baghdad, police said.

Afghanistan: "The Forgotten War"
#1: Another rocket fell late Monday outside an Afghanistan base where South Korean aid workers and troops are stationed, but there were no injuries, Foreign Ministry officials said Tuesday. “One rocket fell south of the base in Charikar at around 11:27 p.m. Monday local time. There were no injuries and damages to our facilities there,” a ministry official told reporters, declining to be named.

#2: Pakistani warplanes attacked Taliban positions in the northwestern Orakzai region on Tuesday, killing 17 militants, a senior regional government official said. Residents in the town of Mamoozai, where the air strike took place, said several helicopter gunships were hovering overhead hours after the attack.

#3: On Tuesday, gunmen on a motorcycle attacked and torched two NATO trucks in southwestern Baluchistan province, a provincial government official said.

#4: Nato forces violated Pakistani airspace on Monday as two of its helicopters intruded into the Pakistani territory. Sources said that two Nato choppers entered the Pakistani airspace to hunt insurgents in the border area of North Waziristan Agency (NWA). The Nato helicopters entered the border area, claiming that five members of the Haqqani network have been arrested after the search operation. It is worth mentioning here that two Nato helicopters had violated Pakistan’s airspace at Admi Kot post in North Waziristan Agency last week and had fired at the army check post, injuring two security personnel.

#5: Two officers were injured Tuesday when their police car hit a bomb in northern Afghanistan, an official said. "In the first place we thought that it is a suicide explosion but, it was a roadside (bomb) and the police vehicle was totally destroyed," said General Hafiz Khan, a military official in Baghlan province.

#6: A remote-controlled bomb exploded at a railway track in the southern province of Sindh, derailing three coaches of a train, police said. There were no casualties.

AU/DoD: Lieutenant Marcus Sean Case

AU/DoD: Lance Corporal Andrew Gordon Jones


Cervantes said...

Glenn Greenwald has a point to make:

"A spate of horrific civilian killings by NATO in Afghanistan has led Afghan President Hamid Karzai to demand that NATO cease all air attacks on homes. .. . [The LA Times writes] "Karzai's call was viewed as mainly symbolic. Western military officials cited existing cooperation with Afghan authorities and pledged to continue consultations, but said privately that presidential authority does not include veto power over specific targeting decisions made in the heat of battle."

So we're in Afghanistan to bring Freedom and Democracy to the Afghan People, but the President of the country has no power whatsoever to tell us to stop bombing Afghan homes. His decrees are simply requests, "merely symbolic." Karzai, of course, is speaking not only for himself, but even more so for (and under pressure from) the Afghan People: the ones we're there to liberate, but who -- due to their strange, primitive, inscrutable culture and religion -- are bizarrely angry about being continuously liberated from their lives."

dancewater said...

We are dropping those freedom bombs.