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

Friday, November 11, 2011

War News for Friday, November 11, 2011

US Soldier Gets Life Sentence In Afghan Killings

Remains of US troops killed in Iraq dumped in a landfill

Taliban target mobile phone masts to prevent tipoffs from Afghan civilians

Reported security incidents

Diyala Province:
#1: A member of the pro-government Al-Sahwa (Awakening) forces was killed and two wounded in two separate incidents in Diala province, security sources said here today. The source told Aswat al-Iraq that unknown attackers, expected as members of Qaeda organization, shot one of the Sahwa members near his residence in Muqdadiayh country, 45 km east of Baaquba city. He died immediately and the culprits fled the scene, as the source said. On the other hand, a bomb exploded injuring two members of Sahwa forces, with no details on the incident.

Afghanistan: "The Forgotten War"
#1: An Australian soldier has been wounded after coming under fire from insurgents in Afghanistan. A joint patrol of Afghan and Australian troops came under fire from insurgents in the southern province of Uruzgan. The Australian soldier was wounded by small arms fire after more than four hours of skirmishes between the patrol and insurgent gunmen armed with automatic weapons. The incident happened in the Deh Rafshan district, 12 kilometres east of the Australian base at Tarin Kot.

#2: Taliban suicide attackers stormed a government office in eastern Afghanistan yesterday, killing three Afghan policemen and wounding three US soldiers, officials said. The attackers are believed to have been targeting a meeting between the governor of Chamkani district in Paktia province and local elders who were due to attend a government-organised loya jirga or traditional meeting in Kabul next week. The Nato-led International Security Assistance Force (Isaf) said it helped end the attack by destroying a mosque where gunmen had hidden, launching a Hellfire missile and rockets from an Apache helicopter. Provincial government spokes­man Rohullah Samoon said there were four attackers, one of whom detonated a car bomb at the gates of the district centre, allowing three others to enter. “They have all been killed,” he said. “Three of our policemen have also been killed and the district police chief has been injured but is in stable condition. The fighting is over now.”

#3: Unknown gunmen killed two women and wounded a child in Ghazni province on Wednesday, said Mohammad Hashim, police chief of the second district of Ghazni, the location of the shooting.

DoD: Pfc. Cody R. Norris

MoD: Private Matthew Thornton