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

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

War News for Tuesday, November 08, 2011

Reported security incidents

Diyala Prv:
#1: In Iraq's eastern province of Diyala, a policeman and his son were wounded in the morning when a roadside bomb went off in front of their house in al-Gatoon area, just west of the provincial capital city of Baquba, some 65 km northeast of Baghdad, a source from the provincial operations command told Xinhua on condition of anonymity.

#2: Also in the province, four people were wounded in three roadside bombs which separately ripped through the outskirts of Baquba, the source said.

Abu Ghraib:
#1: On Tuesday morning, a roadside bomb struck an Iraqi army patrol in Abu Ghraib area, some 20 km west of Baghdad, destroying a military vehicle and wounding three soldiers aboard, the source said.

Al Anbar Prv:
#1: Two policemen were killed late Monday night when gunmen attacked a checkpoint in central Fallujah city, some 50 km west of Baghdad, a local police source told Xinhua on condition of anonymity.

Afghanistan: "The Forgotten War"
#1: The Afghan Interior Ministry says a roadside bombing in the country's west has killed 11 people, most of them members of one family. A ministry statement on Tuesday says the bomb went off as a police vehicle was driving by Monday evening in Badghis province's Qadis district. The vehicle was part of a three-vehicle police convoy that had stopped shortly before to pick up a family that needed a ride into town. The ministry says nine of the 11 killed were from one family, including six children and two women. Two policemen were also killed while three people _ a 10-year-old child and two other policemen _ were wounded.

#2: A suicide attack on a jirga member in Baghlan province wounded six policemen including four auxiliary police personnel on Monday, said Munshi Abdul Majid, a governor for the province. The jirga, or council, member, Mullah Alam, was unharmed.

DoD: Lance Cpl. Nickolas A. Daniels