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

Thursday, October 20, 2011

War News for Thursday, October 20, 2011

NATO is reporting the deaths of two ISAF soldiers from an IED attack in an undisclosed location in eastern Afghanistan on Wednesday, October 18th.

IED attacks increase outside of Afghanistan, Iraq -- In September, the bombs killed 18 U.S. troops and wounded 420 others, according to the Pentagon data.

Terrorists threaten Pak oil firm to stop fuel supplies to army, Afghan-bound NATO forces

National Guard (in Federal Status) and Reserve Activated as of October 18, 2011

Reported security incidents

#1: An Iraqi Army officer has been killed by unknown gunmen in north Baghdad's Aadamiya district on Thursday, a security source reported. "Iraqi Army Col. Hashem Abdul-Ghafour has been killed close to his house in Aadamiya district, north of Baghdad, by a group of gunmen using silence-fixed guns," the security source told Aswat al-Iraq news agency.

#1: A US Army patrol has come under an explosive charge blast west of Kut, the center of southern Iraq Province of Wassit on Wednesday night, but losses were not known, a Wassit Police source reported on Thursday. "An explosive charge blew off against a US Army patrol on its way to Delta base, used by the American forces as their headquarters, 7 km to the west of Kut on Wednesday evening," the police source told Aswat lraq news agency.

Northern Iraq:
#1: Turkish warplanes and helicopter gunships have attacked Kurdish rebels on the second day of a retaliatory air and ground offensive across the Iraqi border. About a dozen warplanes flew several bombing sorties out of two military bases in the country's southeast until sunrise, the state-run TRT television said.

Many areas in Arbil and Duhuk provinces are under Turkish and Iranian fire under the pretext of chasing PKK and PJAK parties, which led to a number of casualties, damages and immigration of inhabitants.

Al Anbar Prv:
#1: One civilian was killed and four wounded in bomb blast mid of Ramadi, police sources in Anbar province said here today. The source told Aswat al-Iraq that the bomb exploded inside a civilian car near Anbar Health Department, which led to killing its owner. After five minutes another bomb exploded by the side of the road near the first explosion, which led to wounding four civilians.

Afghanistan: "The Forgotten War"
#1: Two soldiers and five militants were killed on Thursday in gunbattles in Pakistan’s Khyber tribal district along the Afghan border, officials said. The fighting erupted when Pakistan’s paramilitary Frontier Corps (FC) launched a search operation in the Malik din Khel area of Khyber. Two FC personnel were killed and three were wounded.

At least four Pakistani soldiers were killed in an attack by suspected militants in the country's restive Khyber tribal region bordering Afghanistan on Thursday, state television reported. PTV reported that 8 more soldiers were injured in an attack at a security checkpost in Bara area of Khyber agency near the Afghan border. The security forces returned fire at the direction of the attack and injured two militants, the report said. The forces also launched a search operation after the attack and shelled hideouts of the militants.

#2: NATO and Afghan forces have killed at least 115 insurgents over the past week as part of an ongoing operation in a northeastern Afghanistan province, the coalition said Thursday, as it looks to curb insurgent activity along the border with neighboring Pakistan. The fighting in Kunar province, known for its rugged terrain that leaves coalition supply lines from Pakistan vulnerable to insurgent attacks. NATO said the operation has been going on since around Oct. 15 and has included the use of fighter jets and long-range bombers. The alliance said that one NATO service member has been killed since the fighting began. It was not immediately clear if any Afghan troops had been killed. "This is a series of multiple, smaller operations that have a combined, larger impact," said Master Sgt. Nicholas Conner, a NATO spokesman