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

Thursday, December 29, 2011

War News for Thursday, December 29, 2011

The French MoD is reporting the deaths of 2 French ISAF soldiers from small arms fire/gunshot wounds by an Afghan Army soldier in the Tagab Valley, Kapisa province, Afghanistan on Friday, December 29th. The ANA soldier was also killed.

Pakistani death squads go after informants to U.S. drone program

Nato vehicles caused Rs15bn damage to highways

Airstrike kills 35 in southeast Turkey, probe underway

FACTBOX-Security developments in Iraq, December 28

Reported security incidents
#1: A roadside bomb has killed at least 10 police officers in the south-western Afghan province of Helmand, police say. Thursday's explosion destroyed a police truck as it drove through a village in Nad Ali district, officers said. The police were leaving a training centre when their vehicle was hit. The Taliban have said they carried out the attack. Some of those killed were reported to be new recruits. One other policeman was injured by the blast.

#2: At least two Afghan National Police service members were injured in eastern Afghanistan. A spokesman for Afghan National Border Protection Police Forces Edris Momand said, the incident took place around 9 am local time in eastern Nangarhar province. Mr. Momand further added, the explosion took place after a police Ranger vehicle struck with a roadside bomb in Barikab area. He also said, at least two Afghan National Border Protection Police service members were injured in the incident and were taken to provincial hospital for the treatment purposes.

#3: Three suspected Taliban have been killed and four detained as Afghan forces and NATO-led Coalition troops launched a series of military operations around the country, Afghan Interior Ministry said on Thursday. "Afghan National Police (ANP) in collaboration with Afghan army and NATO-led International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) troops launched three joint operations in Kandahar, Ghazni and Takhar province over the past 24 hours," the ministry said in a press release on Thursday morning.

DoD: Staff Sgt. Joseph J. Altmann


dancewater said...

I just read another article that claims the airstrike by Turkey (that killed 35) happened in northern Iraq, near the border with Turkey.

dancewater said...

US to export all NATO cargo out of Pakistan

Barely a month after Pakistan’s retaliatory decision to block Nato supplies for the coalition forces stationed in Afghanistan, the United States has decided to export all its cargo, including military hardware and arms, out of Pakistan.

Sources told Express News that the break in supplies has frustrated US authorities to the point where they are now weighing various options to move around the cargo stranded at various locations in Pakistan.

dancewater said...

US cuts support to Afghan Media Center after they criticize troops

The US embassy in Kabul this week cut off aid and called back its staff working at the Afghan Government Media and Information Center after a center press conference that criticized foreign troops over civilian casualties, center officials said Wednesday.

Ezatullah Safi, the center’s deputy director, said it was told the embassy would review its aid to the center after the press conference.

An Afghan fact-finding team appointed by President Hamid Karzai on Saturday blamed NATO-led troops for what it said was the unnecessary killing of dozens of civilians. The press conference the team held at the center criticized foreign forces as “brutal.”

The only media that gets US support are the ones that lie.

dancewater said...

Afghanistan blasts US for taking Taliban leader off Terrorist List

The office of Afghan President Hamid Karzai lambasted the US Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) for removing the name of Afghan Taliban leader Mullah Mohammad Omar from the list of most wanted terrorists, and called on Washington to present explanation for such an unexpected action.

"The Afghan government has called on the US embassy in Kabul to explain about the reports on removing Mullah Mohammad Omar's name from the black list," Afghanistan Presidential Spokesman Aimal Faizi told reporters on Thursday.

"In case the reports on the removal of Mullah Omar's name from the US blacklist prove to be true, the US should then explain why and on what basis it has embarked on taking such a measure," Faizi stressed.

dancewater said...

Afghan fact-finding team says NATO killed civilians "for no reason"

An Afghan fact-finding team appointed by President Hamid Karzai on Saturday blamed NATO-led troops for what it said was the unnecessary killing of dozens of civilians.

A child who had climbed a tree on December 13 was among the 21 civilians reportedly killed by NATO attacks over the past few weeks.

“Our delegation found that a child who went up a tree to collect leaves for sheep was killed in the bombing by the NATO chopper without any pre-coordination with the Kandahar administration,” Hajji Tahir Safi, an advisor to the president, told reporters in Kabul.

“The child’s father rushed to the bombing site with other family members as another chopper of the international forces dropped other bombs,” he added.

Safi said that the child’s father, Abdul Rahim, along with his four relatives, had all died on the spot, while his daughter was injured in the NATO bombing. Three other children from the same village, two of them girls of 8 and 12 years of age, also died.

NATO, like the US military, does not give a shit who they kill.

dancewater said...

after looking a pictures at Getty, I would say the victims of the bombing were Turkish citizens, not Iraqi.