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

Friday, July 29, 2011

War News for Friday, July 29, 2011

NATO is reporting the death of an ISAF soldier from an IED attack in an undisclosed location in eastern Afghanistan on Wednesday, July 27th,

BBC reporter among 21 killed in Afghanistan attacks

Censorship of war casualties in the US

Talks on long-term Afghan-U.S. partnership stalled

Reported security incidents

Afghanistan: "The Forgotten War"
#1: At least 18 Afghan civilians have been killed by a roadside bomb in southern Helmand province, police say. They were travelling in a minibus through Nahr-e-Saraj district when the blast happened. They are thought to have been heading for the provincial capital, Lashkar Gah. He said insurgents had fired at police who responded to the blast, but no officers had been wounded.

#2: update Seven suicide attackers killed at least 21 people in near-simultaneous assaults Thursday in a provincial capital in southern Afghanistan. The victims included 10 children and three women who died when an assailant crashed a vehicle into a hospital maternity ward and set off a cargo of explosives, officials said. Afghan officials said that at least 38 people, including at least three police officers, were wounded in six hours of mayhem in Tarin Kot, the capital of Urozgan province, north of Kandahar.

#3: Border guards in Tajikistan have shot dead eight gunmen trying to smuggle drugs into the ex-Soviet republic from neighbouring Afghanistan, a senior Tajik security official told Reuters on Thursday.


dancewater said...

yes, there is extensive censorship of war casualties - especially civilians.

and the American people piss me off for allowing this horrific evil to take place, and then ignoring it.

may they rot......