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 30, 2011

War News for Fridayy, December 30, 2011

The DoD is reporting a new death previously unreported by the military. Petty Officer Stacy O. Johnson died from unreported causes in in Bahrain on Monday, July 18th 2011. He is now classified as supporting Operation Enduring Freedom.

NATO is reporting the death of an ISAF soldier from an IED blast in an undisclosed location in southern Afghanistan on Friday, December 30th.

1981 files hint at Afghan secret war

FACTBOX-Security developments in Iraq, December 30

Reported security incidents
#1: NATO says joint raids with Afghan forces have killed at least three and captured 11 Taliban commanders and facilitators who provided logistical support and weapons to insurgents. Friday’s statement from the coalition says an operation earlier this week in Bakwah district in Farah province resulted in the killing of a senior insurgent leader and two of his commanders, as well as a “number of additional insurgents.”

#2: At least two persons were killed and three others injured in a bomb blast in northwest Pakistan on Friday, officials and witnesses said. The bomb attack targeted members of the pro-government peace force in Bajaur tribal region bordering Afghanistan, they said. The explosive device was detonated through a remote control.

#3: A roadside bomb killed four civilians in Afghanistan's southern province of Uruzgan today, the provincial head of the crime investigation unit said. "Four civilians were killed and one injured when their vehicle hit a Taliban-planted mine in Trinkot city this morning," said Gulab Khan.

#4: Gunmen on motorcycles opened fire at a vehicle in Quetta, capital of southwestern Baluchistan province, killing police surgeon Baqir Shah, local officials said.

#5: A roadside mine killed one policeman and wounded two in Spin Boldak district of southern Kandahar province on Thursday, Kandahar police chief Abdul Raziq said.

DoD: Sgt. Noah M. Korte

DoD: Spc. Kurt W. Kern

DoD: Pfc. Justin M. Whitmire

DoD: Petty Officer Stacy O. Johnson

MoD: Captain Tom Jennings

DoD: Squadron Leader Anthony Downing


dancewater said...

rumor has it that the US might release all Taliban prisoners in Guantanamo!

Pretty amazing, and while I think the people at Guantanamo should have a public trial in US courts, I don't think they should be released if they have engaged in criminal acts. I don't consider attacking a foreign intruder in your home country to be a criminal act.

dancewater said...

And, Karzai is against the release of those prisoners.

dancewater said...

I am writing up a series of short articles about Iraq, called The Legacy

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dancewater said...

US Drones Used in Turkey Airstrikes

This is the same airstrike which was claimed to have happened in Iraq and in Turkey. It was very near the border.

At least the US drones were "only" spying on the people there, and reporting them as PKK insurgents. It appears that they were not PKK, but Turkish Kurds. 35 were killed, but it was the Turks who dropped the bombs.

dancewater said...

Iraqis celebrate US withdrawal at mass rally

Dec 30, 2011, 12:39 GMT

Baghdad- Thousands of Iraqis gathered in the capital Baghdad on Friday to celebrate the withdrawal of US troops from the country after nearly nine years of military involvement.

Led by clergy, they chanted slogans against the 'occupation' that started in 2003 and called the pullout earlier this month a 'day of liberation and evacuation.'

They also raised placards reading: 'The evacuation day makes all Iraqis united'; and 'Despite tyranny, we are an eternal nation.'

The rally, held in Baghdad's neighbourhood of al-Azamiya, coincided with a deep political crisis pitting Iraq's Shiite Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki against two key Sunni politicians.

The United States had about 170,000 troops and 505 military bases across Iraq at the height of the armed conflict that began with its 2003 invasion.

Efforts by both sides to extend the US mission beyond that deadline failed, as the Iraqi government was reluctant to grant immunity to any US troops who stay after December 31.