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

Monday, December 19, 2011

War News for Monday, December 19, 2011

Over and out: Soldiers cheer as America closes the gates on Iraq -- The last American soldiers rolled out of Iraq yesterday, bringing a formal end to a bitterly divisive war that has raged for nearly nine years.

Last troops exit Iraq in subdued end to 9-year war

Chomsky: U.S.-Afghanistan Strategic Partnership Agreement is ‘part of a global program of world militarization’

US spy drone 'tricked' into Iran landing by GPS spoofing

Reported security incidents

Afghanistan: "The Forgotten War"
#1: At least 17 terrorists have been reported killed in an air assault on their secret hideouts in Orakzai Agency, the media reported on Sunday. According to reports, the security agencies launched a robust attack with jet fighters on their hideouts in Jawaki and Samaa areas of Orakzai Agency on Sunday afternoon. Three secret hideouts were demolished and 17 terrorists killed in Sunday's lethal air assault of the security agencies.

#2: Two militants wearing suicide vests opened fire on a bus carrying Afghan army training officers, killing five and wounding nine, the Defence Ministry said. The attackers opened fire on a bus carrying the officers on the main road from Kabul to the eastern city of Jalalabad, the site of NATO and Afghan army bases and several similar attacks. One attacker blew himself up and the other was shot by police before he could detonate his explosives, authorities said.

#3: Three Afghan soldiers and two policemen were killed in an attack by at least three suicide bombers on an army recruitment centre in the northern city of Kunduz, the city's police chief said. The Defence Ministry said four bombers attacked the centre and that two had been killed and the remaining two were trapped inside.

#4: An ISAF air strike killed at least three insurgents in eastern Nangarhar province as they were laying a roadside bomb overnight, ISAF said.