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 5, 2011

War News for Saturday, November 05, 2011

Iraqis celebrate Eid Al Adha

U.S. Fires Senior Officer for Remarks on Afghans:

Reported security incidents

#1: Four bombs targeting the home of an Iraqi anti-Qaeda militia leader killed at least three people and wounded several others north of Baghdad on Saturday, security officials said. The bomb blasts struck the home of Yassin Issa Daud, a leader of Sahwa (Awakening) militia in Taji, north of Baghdad, about 6:30 am (0330 GMT), Taji police Captain Ahmed Fahad said. The explosions killed three people, including Daud’s brother and wife, and wounded six other people, Fahad said, adding Daud was not in his home at the time of the attack. Officials from the interior and defense ministries put the toll at four killed and 11 wounded.

#1: A US patrol was attacked by a bomb, but no casualties were reported, security sources said today. The source told Aswat al-Iraq that no damages were reported by the patrol, but the area was closed.

Afghanistan: "The Forgotten War"
#1: One armed insurgent was killed and five others detained as a result of four joint and independent operations involving the Afghan National Police, Afghan National Army, and coalition forces in the Kabul, Kandahar, and Helmand provinces, the interior ministry said in a statement.

DoD: 1st Lt. Dustin D. Vincent

MoD: Private Matthew James Sean Haseldin