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

Saturday, August 13, 2011

War News for Saturday, August 13, 2011

NATO is reporting the death of a second ISAF soldier from an IED attack in an undisclosed location in southern Afghanistan on Friday, August 12th.

Reported security incidents

#1: Police and health officials say two civilians have been killed and 13 others wounded in a bomb explosion in western Baghdad. A police officer said on Saturday that the bomb went off around midnight Friday in Jamiaa neighborhood, near cafes and ice cream shops.

#2: At least five persons have been injured in an explosive charge blast against an alcohol shop in central Baghdad on Friday night, an Iraqi police source reported on Saturday. “An explosive charge blew off on Friday night, close to a alcohol-selling shop in west Baghdad’s Yarmouk district,” wounding 5 civilians.

Afghanistan: "The Forgotten War"
#1: Five Taliban militants and two policemen were killed as police launched a cleanup operation in Pashtun Zarghon district of Herat province, 640 km west of capital city Kabul on Friday, provincial police chief Syed Aqa Saqib said Saturday. "Since launching a cleanup operation in Pashtun Zarghon district on Friday, so far five Taliban rebels and two policemen have been killed," Saqib told Xinhua. Four insurgents have been injured and two others made captive, he added. The operation was launched Friday after a group of armed insurgents attacked police vehicles on the way to Pashtun Zarghon district, he added.

#2: Unidentified men kidnapped a U.S. national from the Pakistani city of Lahore early Saturday morning, police and neighbors said. Senior Superintendent Police Investigation, Abdul Razaq Cheema, said a group of nearly 10 persons forcibly took the U.S. national from his residence at the Model Town area of the city. Local media identified the missing American as Justin Warner, 63,who had been living in the area for four or five years. Police said he had been providing consultancy. Neighbor said that unidentified men arrived in two vehicles around 4 a.m. local time, entered the house and took the American with them. A neighbor told reporters that the gunmen also beat the guard at the main gate. He said he had never seen movement of the people at the residence of the U.S. citizen and only employees and guards would arrive for duty.


Anonymous said...

The U.S. Army suffered a record 32 suicides in July, the most since it began releasing monthly figures in 2009. That number includes 22 active duty soldiers and 10 reservists.


Anonymous said...

Is there any news of the soldiers who lost their lives on the IUD explosions on 8/10?