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, October 22, 2011

War News for Saturday, October 22, 2011

Coalition forces complete operation in Eastern Afghanistan

Reported security incidents

#1: Four Iraqi civilians have been injured in an explosive charge blast in west Baghdad on Saturday, a police source reported. "An explosive charge blew off on Saturday morning in west Baghdad's Hay al-Jami'a district, wounding 4 civilians and causing damage to their car and other cars in the area," the source told Aswat al-Iraq news agency.

#1: The source told Aswat al-Iraq that unknown gunmen killed a 32-year woman inside her house, with ordinary pistols.

#2: On the other hand, the source added that two consecutive bombs exploded on a cops patrol mid of Mosul, which resulted in wounding them.

Afghanistan: "The Forgotten War"
#1: "Afghan National Police, Afghan army and coalition forces have launched five joint operations in Kabul, Ghazni and Kandahar provinces, killing 24 armed insurgents and detaining 10 suspects," the Afghan interior ministry said in a statement.


Cervantes said...

Spence Ackerman reminds us that the U.S. is not really withdrawing from Iraq. An army of 5,500 mercenaries will replace the U.S. military.

"You can also expect that there will be a shadow presence by the CIA, and possibly the Joint Special Operations Command, to hunt persons affiliated with al-Qaida. Defense Secretary Leon Panetta has conspicuously stated that al-Qaida still has 1,000 Iraqi adherents, which would make it the largest al-Qaida affiliate in the world.

So far, there are three big security firms with lucrative contracts to protect U.S. diplomats. Triple Canopy, a longtime State guard company, has a contract worth up to $1.53 billion to keep diplos safe as they travel throughout Iraq. Global Strategies Group will guard the consulate at Basra for up to $401 million. SOC Incorporated will protect the mega-embassy in Baghdad for up to $974 million. State has yet to award contracts to guard consulates in multiethnic flashpoint cities Mosul and Kirkuk, as well as the outpost in placid Irbil.

“We can have the kind of protection our diplomats need,” Deputy National Security Adviser Denis McDonough told reporters after Obama’s announcement. Whether the Iraqi people will have protection from the contractors that the State Department commands is a different question. And whatever you call their operations, the Obama administration hopes that you won’t be so rude as to call it “war.”

Is this really an improvement?

dancewater said...

maybe not.... but here's hoping the Iraqi people can kick the mercenaries out too!