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, November 12, 2011

War News for Sarurday, November 12, 2011

NATO is reporting the death of an ISAF soldier from an insurgent attack in an undisclosed location in southern Afghanistan on Friday, November 11th.

Reported security incidents

#1: A bomb attached to the car of a surgeon went off and killed him and wounded his son in Baghdad's southern Doura district late on Thursday, police and hospital sources said.

Afghanistan: "The Forgotten War"
#1: Six civilians were killed by a roadside bomb in eastern Afghanistan on Saturday, a local official said. "A roadside bomb hit a civilian car in Alingar district of Laghman province, killing six people including one woman," said Laghman provincial spokesman Faizanullah Patan. The bombing, which took place at about 10am, was confirmed by interior ministry spokesman Sediq Sediqqi in Kabul, who said that four civilians had been killed.

#2: In the second incident, the suicide bomber targeted a police van around noon in Herat, 640 km from Kabul. Five people, including three policemen and two civilians were injured, a police official told Xinhua.

#3: According to local authorities in western Afghanistan, at least three Afghan national police service members were killed following insurgents ambush in western Farah province. The officials further added, the incident took place on Friday after a number of militants ambushed Afghan national police forces in this province. Provincial security chief for western Farah province Gen. Mohammad Ghous Maliyar confirming the incident said, Taliban militants ambushed the Afghan national police forces in Bala Bolok district of western Farah province on Friday and were killed during the clashes.

#4: The defence department in Canberra says the latest soldier to be wounded in Afghanistan is in a satisfactory condition. The department says a Mentoring Task Force 3 soldier was wounded during a patrol with the Afghan National Army when they came under fire from insurgents in eastern Uruzgan province. The incident occurred on the Thursday afternoon in the Deh Rafshan region, 12km east of Multi National Base Tarin Kot. Acting Chief of Joint Operations Rear Admiral David Johnston says the patrol initially came under small arms fire from a group of insurgents earlier that morning and had been involved in a series of skirmishes through to the afternoon. The Australian soldier was struck by insurgent small-arms fire after four hours of fighting, and was given immediate first aid.

#5: A Wisconsin soldier was severely injured while serving in Afghanistan on Thursday, according to his family. Sgt. Adam Alexander, 27, of Potosi, was hit by small arms fire in the head, his father said. Alexander is stable but still listed in critical condition. He was in route to Germany on Thursday night and will go to Texas or Maryland next. His family will go to the hospital once they know which hospital he will be taken to, his father said.

#6: Afghan and coalition forces killed five insurgents during a joint operation in Laghman province on Friday and Saturday, the interior ministry said in a statement.

#7: Afghan and coalition forces killed one suspected insurgent during a joint operation in Ghazni province on Friday, the NATO-led International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) said in a statement.

#8: A remote-controlled bomb exploded near a police checkpost on the outskirts of the northwestern city of Peshawar, killing one policeman and wounding another, police said.