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, December 27, 2011

War News for Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Iran to export 1 mil mt/year oil products to Afghanistan: report

Pakistan rejects US CENTCOM report on Nato attack

China gets approval for Afghanistan oil exploration bid

Elders warn Nato supplies

FACTBOX-Security developments in Iraq, December 27, Dec 26

Afghanistan to Disband Irregular Police Force Set Up Under NATO

Pakistan Prime Minister Says No Plans to Dismiss Military Chiefs

2 policemen injured in PKK attack in southeast Turkey

Reported security incidents

#1: Afghan forces, backed by NATO-led Coalition troops, have killed six insurgents in a series of military operations around the country over the past 24 hours, the Afghan Interior Ministry said on Tuesday morning. "During the past 24 hours, Afghan National Police (ANP), Afghan National Army and Coalition Forces launched seven joint and independent operations in the Kabul, Nangarhar, Logar, Khost, Paktia and Farah provinces," the ministry said in a press release. "As a result of these operations, six armed insurgents were killed and one other was arrested by the ANP," it said.

#2: A NATO-led International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) airstrike in Ghanikhil district of eastern Nangarhar province killed four insurgents while they were planting a roadside mine on Sunday, Massom Khan Hashimi a senior police detective for Nangarhar province said.

#3: Four militants were killed in an air raid in the eastern Afghanistan's Nangarhar province Sunday night, a local official said Monday. "Four militants were planting an Improvised Explosive Device ( IED) along a road in Ghani Khil district of Nangarhar province overnight but based on accurate intelligence reports, an aircraft of NATO-led Coalition forces carried out an airstrike killing all militants on the spot," district administration chief Hajji Zualmi told Xinhua.

#4: According to local authorities in eastern Afghanistan, a drone belonging to NATO-led International Security Assistance Force on Tuesday made an emergency landing in eastern Paktia province. Paktia provincial governor spokesman Rohullah Samoon confirming the incident said, the emergency landing of the NATO drone took place in Ahmadabad district of eastern Paktia province early Tuesday morning. NATO-led International Security Assistance Force officials also confirmed the incident. Taliban militants group fighting the Afghan government and International coalition forces immediately claimed responsibility behind the incident and said that their fighters are behind the NATO drone crash.