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 8, 2011

War News for Monday, August 08, 2011

The French MoD is reporting the deaths of two French ISAF soldiers from small arms fire in the Tagab Valley, Kapisa province, Afghanistan on Sunday, august 7th. Five additional soldiers were wounded in the attack. Here's the ISAF statement.

NATO is reporting the deaths of two ISAF soldiers from an insurgent attack in an undisclosed location in southern Afghanistan on Sunday, August 7th.

NATO is reporting the deaths of thirty ISAF soldiers from a helicopter crash in an undisclosed location in eastern Afghanistan on Saturday, August 6th. One civilian and seven Afghanistan soldiers also died in the crash.

Reported security incidents

#1: Two explosive charges blew off in west Baghdad’s Amiriya district on Sunday, wounding 16 persons, among them a number of police and Army men, a Baghdad police source reported. “Two explosive charges blew off in Amiriya district’s, al-Amal al-Shaabi street, of west Baghdad, wounding 16 persons, including 8 policemen, 3 Army men and 5 civilians,” the source told Aswat al-Iraq news agency.

Afghanistan: "The Forgotten War"
#1: A Nato helicopter has crash-landed in eastern Afghanistan, just days after the downing of a Chinook dispatched to bring in reinforcements for elite troops under attack. Nato did not report any casualties in the latest incident and said the cause was under investigation. It said there was no enemy activity in the area at the time. The helicopter was a Chinook flying in Paktia province to pick up special operations troops, but it apparently suffered a mechanical failure and crash-landed. The crew were rescued by troops.

#2: A military vehicle hit a roadside bomb in the South Waziristan tribal region on the Afghan border late on Sunday, wounding at least 10 soldiers, local government officials said.

#3: Afghan police killed two suicide bombers before they could detonate their explosives in the eastern province of Khost on Sunday, Sediq Sediqqi, a spokesman for the Interior Ministry, posted on Twitter. He gave no further details.

#4: At least three policemen were shot dead Sunday evening when unknown gunmen opened fire at a police vehicle patrolling on the street in Pakistan's southwest city of Quetta, reported local Urdu TV channel Duniya.

MoD: Marine James Robert Wright

DoD: Sgt. Daniel D. Gurr

DoD: Spc. Jinsu Lee

DoD: Spc. Mark J. Downer

Fr./MoD: Le caporal Kisan Bahadur

Fr./MoD: Le l├ęgionnaire de 1re classe Gerhardus JANSEN