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

Monday, June 20, 2011

War News for Monday, June 20, 2011

The British MoD is reporting the death of a British ISAF soldier from small arms fire/gun shot wounds in the Nahr-e Saraj (North) District, Helmand Province, Afghanistan on Saturday, June 18th. Here's the ISAF release.

NATO is reporting the deaths of four ISAF soldiers from a non-combat related incident in an undisclosed location in southern Afghanistan on Saturday, June 18th.

NATO is reporting the death of an ISAF soldier from an IED blast in an undisclosed area in southern Afghanistan on Monday, June 20th.

Pakistan hosting maximum 1.9 million refugees: UNHCR report

Few Taliban Leaders Take Afghan Offer to Switch Sides

Reported security incidents

#1: Seven people were wounded on Monday when a French embassy convoy was hit by a make-shift bomb in Baghdad in the second attack on the mission's vehicles in a month, an embassy official and local police said. The attack in Baghdad's al-Mesbah neighborhood. Iraqi security sources said seven people were wounded in the attack, but an embassy spokesman said no French diplomatic or security personnel were hurt though one of the convoy's vehicles was badly damaged.

"The bomb targeted a passing French diplomatic convoy. Four Iraqi guards protecting the convoy were hurt, and three people passing by were also wounded," an interior ministry official told AFP earlier.

#2: Two roadside bombs exploded near a restaurant in southeast Baghdad, wounding two civilians.

#3: A car bomb went off in northeast Baghdad. It killed one civilian and wounded four other people.

#4: Another roadside bomb in southwest Baghdad targeted a police patrol. It wounded one civilian and two police officers.

#5: Unknown gunment killed a police officer in southwest Baghdad.

Diyala Prv:
#1: Gunmen raided the house of a local council leader and killed him late on Sunday near Baquba, 65 km (40 miles) northeast of Baghdad, police said.

#1: A roadside bomb went off when a civilian car carrying a family was passing by, killing two boys and wounding three from the same family late Sunday east of Mosul, 390 km (240 miles) north of Baghdad, police said.

#2: Gunmen shot dead a young man in front of his house on late Sunday, in eastern Mosul, police said.

Afghanistan: "The Forgotten War"
#1: Suspected U.S. drones fired missiles into Pakistan's Kurram region on Monday, killing at least 11 militants, nine of them from a major Afghan militant group fighting Western forces in Afghanistan, local officials said. An intelligence official in Kurram said the four missiles fired by drones targeted two militant compounds and a vehicle in the Khardand area, a stronghold of Fazal Saeed, a local militant commander.

#2: Dozens of militants have attacked the homes of two prominent anti-Taliban tribal elders close to the Afghan border, officials say. At least four were killed and four others, including one of the elders, injured in the tribal area of Mohmand. The raid on the homes of anti-Taliban elders happened in the Ziarat Masood village of Mohmand district, another area where the Taliban have been attempting to establish themselves. A group of militants stormed the village and attacked the houses of Malik Ghazi Khan and Malikh Ghulab Khan, members of a local peace committee, which oppose the Taliban, a local official told the AFP news agency. Four soldiers and 20 militants were killed in the clashes, officials say.

#3: A car bomb killed one person and wounded 12 in the southwestern Baluchistan province, police said.

#4: Six Afghan civilians were killed and six were injured Monday in rocket attacks in a border village between Afghanistan and Pakistan, a senior Afghan police official said. The rockets landed on a house in the remote Nari district, said General Ewaz Mohammed, the police chief of the eastern province of Kunar. 'Twelve rockets have been fired from the other side of the border,' Ewaz said without blaming a country or group for the attack.

#5: Two Estonian soldiers have been wounded in seperate blasts in Afghanistan. Neither of the soldiers received fatal injuries from the blasts, which both took place in the Helmand province where Estonian soldiers are based.

#6: Four Spanish soldiers and their interpreter were injured Saturday when their armoured vehicle hit an explosive device in Afghanistan, Defence Ministry sources said in Madrid, dpa reported. The five were on a reconnaissance patrol near Ludina in north-western Badghis province. Three of the victims suffered serious injuries. Two of them - a lieutenant and a female soldier - each had to have a leg amputated.

MoD: Craftsman Andrew Found

MoD: Corporal Lloyd Newell

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