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 27, 2011

War News for Thursday, October 27, 2011

The DoD is reporting a new death previously unreported by the military. Sgt. Edward S. Grace died from a non-combat related illness in in in Silver Spring, Md. on Sunday, October 23rd. He was supporting Operation Enduring Freedom.

NATO is reporting the death of an ISAF soldier from an insurgent attack in an undisclosed location in eastern Afghanistan on Wednesday, October 26th.

Reported security incidents

#1: A sticky bomb exploded in a car on a crowded street in Baya' area, which led to a number of casualties, security sources said today.

Afghanistan: "The Forgotten War"
#1: A remote controlled explosion killed at least two security personnel and injured three others in South Waziristan on Thursday, a private TV reported. According to the report, the blast took place at about 10:20 a. m. local time when a remote controlled blast went off near a convoy of security forces in Shakai area of South Waziristan, a border region near Afghanistan.

#2: Pakistani officials on Wednesday accused NATO helicopters of violating Pakistan’s air space over the Taliban and Haqqani stronghold of North Waziristan, along the Afghan border. “Two helicopters intruded several kilometres inside Pakistan territory in Datta Khel town around 2:00 am,” a military official told foreign news agency, speaking on condition of anonymity. The helicopters flew in from the eastern Afghan province Paktia and circled the bordering village of Zoi Nara for more than five minutes, the official in the provincial capital Peshawar said. Another military official said the choppers left after “warning shots” were fired by Pakistan troops.

#3: A blast, apparently caused by a small-intensity bomb, wounded four people in a market in Pakistan's northwestern city of Peshawar, police said.

#4: Four armed insurgents were killed, one wounded and 33 arrested by Afghan police in operations between the police, the Afghan army and coalition forces in the Kabul, Nangarhar, Kunduz, Balkh, Kandahar, Nimroz, Maidan Wardak and Khost provinces over the past 24 hours, the interior ministry said in a statement.

#5: At least six suspected militants were killed and two others injured on Thursday as U.S. pilotless planes fired missiles in Pakistan's northwestern region of South Waziristan, local Urdu TV Express reported. According to the report, two U.S. drones fired six missiles at a vehicle in Tura Gula village of Azam Warsak area in South Waziristan, one of Pakistan's northwestern restive tribal areas bordering Afghanistan.

DoD: Sgt. Edward S. Grace


Cervantes said...

Regarding the round-up of ex-Baathists I commented on Sunday, some very odd news. It turns out this resulted from the discovery of documents in Gaddhafi's HQ indicating he was supporting a plot to overthrow the current government. Libyan interim PM Mahmoud Jabril visited Maliki a couple of weeks ago with the info. As I predicted, Sunni politicians are seeing this as bogus. Indeed, such a plot seems totally unrealistic given that the Shiite government completely controls the security forces. Gaddhafi was generally delusional, as we know.

Weird story, anyway.

Cervantes said...

And, Mass casualties reported in two explosions in northeast Baghdad.