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, December 23, 2011

War News for Friday, December 23, 2011

Royal Marine killed in Afghanistan on 22 December 2011

Longview soldier killed in Afghanistan -- and not a peep out of NATO or the DoD about this - whisker

Unmanned helicopter makes first delivery for Marines in Afghanistan

Pak suffered most from IEDs losing 2073 security personnel

Two rockets hit Liberty Base in Kirkuk -- General Sarhad Qadir told Aswat al-Iraq that the two rockets were shot from south west Kirkuk to hit the present Iraqi military base, following US forces withdrawal.

U.S. Report Faults Two Sides in Deadly Pakistan Strike

U.S. deal with Taliban breaks down

Reported security incidents

#1: Militants attacked a paramilitary base in the early hours of Friday in the Mulazai area of the northwestern Tank district, killing a soldier and wounding two, security officials said.

#2: (12/22) One armed insurgent was killed and 28 others arrested in a joint operation of the Afghan National Police, Afghan National Army, National Directorate of Security and coalition forces in areas surrounding Laghman, Loghar and Kabul provinces during the past 24 hours, the interior ministry said in a statement.

#3: Unknown armed men in southern Helmand province on Thursday assassinated a member of the Helmand provincial municipal council. According to local officials, the incident took place in Lashkargah city of southern Helmand province. The gunmen managed the flee the area after assassinating the provincial municipal council.


dancewater said...

How Maliki and Iran outsmarted the US at every turn

dancewater said...

More US soldiers die from suicide than combat

dancewater said...

Short post by Craig Murray:

Iraq Disaster

Not even in Ghana can you escape the US propaganda surrounding the final pull-out of troops (but not oil companies) from Iraq. They leave Iraq “sovereign and free”, a variety of thuggish looking and dull Americans have just told us.

But being in Ghana I probably see rather more balance on TV than I would in the UK. For example, while there is still no official body count from the war, there is an official count of those wounded. The Iraqi Ministry of Health states, officially, that over 3 million were maimed.

Even though the Iraqi healthcare system was damaged by a decade of sanctions before the invastion, on the eve of the attack there were still over twice as many functioning healthcare clinics and hospitals as there are today, and nearly five times as many doctors working in them.