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, August 1, 2011

War News for Monday, August 01, 2011

NATO is reporting the death of an ISAF soldier from an IED attack in an undisclosed location in eastern Afghanistan on Sunday, July 31st.

NATO is reporting the death of an ISAF soldier from an insurgent attack in an undisclosed location in southern Afghanistan on Sunday, July 31st.

NATO is reporting the deaths of three ISAF soldier from an non-combat related incident in an undisclosed location in western Afghanistan on Sunday, July 31st.

Reported security incidents

#1: Gunmen using silenced weapons killed a taxi driver late on Sunday in middle of Hilla, 100 km (62 miles) south of Baghdad, a local police source said.

#1: An Iraqi soldier was wounded when a bomb attached to his vehicle exploded in Iskandariya, 40 km (25 miles) south of Baghdad, a local police source said.

Afghanistan: "The Forgotten War"
#1: An air strike by foreign forces overnight killed four Afghan policemen, a governor in the country's troubled east said Monday. The incident happened at a police post in rugged and insurgency-hit Nuristan, the province's governor Jamaluddin Badr said, adding the strike was based on "wrong intelligence". A spokesman for the NATO-led International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) in Kabul could not confirm any details but said it was "looking into the matter". Badr said foreign forces detained police officers at the post in Wama district after the strike. "NATO coalition helicopters bombed our police post. Four policemen were killed, two were injured and the remaining 12 police were detained and taken to Bagram," the governor told AFP, referring to the giant international military base near Kabul.

#2: American drone-fired missiles slammed into a car near the Afghan border on Monday, killing four suspected Islamist militants, Pakistani intelligence officials said. The missile strike took place in the Nargusa area of South Waziristan, which like much of the rugged border region is home to al-Qaida and Taliban fighters, the officials said on condition of anonymity in line with their agency's rules. The officials identified the dead men as Pakistani militants, but said they were not from the border region. Two other fighters were wounded in the strike.

#3: Two people have been killed when a bomb planted in a garbage dump exploded in the western Pakistani city of Quetta, provincial officials say. The blast took place in Hazar Ganji area, some 20km (12 miles) west of the city centre. Officials said three others were wounded in the attack.

#4: Gunmen torched several NATO oil tankers Monday in Pakistan's Sindh province as the convoy was proceeding to Afghanistan, authorities said. Geo News reported at least 10 trucks were set ablaze by the attackers as the vehicles traveled on the National Highway near Khairpur. The province's capital is the port city of Karachi where the NATO supplies arrive to be taken by road across Pakistan to Peshawar and then across the border to Afghanistan. Geo News reported four people, including three drivers, were seriously injured in the attack. The flames also spread to a nearby hotel and three shops, police said.

#5: Suspected Taliban militants attacked members of a Shi'ite Muslim tribe in the Kurram tribal region, killing at least five and wounding one. Taliban, who are radical Sunni Muslims, consider Shi'ites heretics

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