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

Sunday, August 28, 2011

News of the Day for Sunday, August 28, 2011

I'll have to work fast today because my power is out due to the hurricane and I'm having to conserve battery power -- it's likely to be a while. -- C

Reported Security Incidents

Tuz Khurmato

Roadside bomb attack on the car of police major Mohammed Taqi injures him, his bodyguard, and a passerby.


Jawad Kadhim, an official of the national security ministry, is killed in a driveby shooting, along with his driver.


Roadside bomb in Shu’ala district injures 2 people. Separately, 3 people are injured by an explosion in Zaafaraniya.

A woman is killed, 3 police and 1 civilian injured in attack on a police checkpoint near Salman Pak.

Three civilians injured by an explosion in Tarmiya.

ammam al-Alil township, south of Mosul

Five Iraqi soldiers and a policeman injured by a car bomb. A civilian is injured in a separate explosion Saturday afternoon.


Bomb attack on an army patrol injures 6 civilians and 2 Iraqi soldiers.

Other News of the Day

Former director of MI5, Dame Eliza Manningham Buller, tells an interviewer that Iraq posed no threat to the UK at the time of the invasion, saying "Intelligence isn't complete without the full picture and the full picture is all about doubt. Otherwise, you go the way of George Bush."

Amnesty International calls for investigation of the deaths of seven members of one family who died in a Turkish missile strike on their car in Iraqi Kurdistan.

Twenty five people, mostly women and children, are killed in Kirkuk when a bus catches fire after a collision.

Afghanistan Update

An ISAF member is killed in southern Afghanistan, no further details available at this time.

Taliban claim to have killed 12 people in a suicide car bomb attack on what they say was a "CIA" convoy. However, the Afghan Interior Ministry says the bomb exploded prematurely, killing only the bomber. The Taliban are making other extravagant claims about killing large numbers of U.S. troops, but there is no indication so far there is any truth to these.

Suicide car bomb attack on police and soldiers lining up for their pay kills 4 people, 3 of them children, in Lashkar Gah.

Rockets are fired from Afghanistan into South Waziristan, apparently harmlessly.