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, January 20, 2012

War News for Friday, January 20, 2011

NATO is reporting the death of an ISAF soldier from a non-hostile related injury in an undisclosed location in eastern Afghanistan on Wednesday, January 18th.

NATO is reporting the deaths of four ISAF soldiers who were killed by an Afghan Army soldier in an undisclosed location in Eastern Afghanistan on Friday, January 20th. Various news reports these are French soldiers.

The Navy Times is reporting the deaths of six ISAF soldiers in a helicopter crash in Musa Qala district of Helmand province, Afghanistan on Thursday, January 19th.

France to suspend Afghan military operations after soldiers' deaths

Pakistan: NATO supply routes not reopened

Costs soar for new Afghan War supply routes - The U.S. is paying six times as much to send war supplies to troops in Afghanistan through alternative routes after Pakistan last year closed its border crossings to NATO convoys.

Marine in Haditha killings trial has to decide: Fight or take a deal

Two foreigners kidnapped in Pakistan- German and an Italian were kidnapped from central Pakistani city of Multan Thursday night, a media report said Friday. The police told media that both of them were employees of a non-governmental organisation working for the relief and rehabilitation of flood effected people in the eastern province of Punjab.

Norway's intelligence chief quits after Parliament blunder sees her admit spies are operating in Pakistan

FACTBOX-Security developments in Iraq, January 20, Jan. 19th.

Baghdad governor threatens to kill any foreigner for security breach

Afghanistan’s Soldiers Step Up Killings of Allied Forces

At least 1 dead, 24 injured in blast in southeast Turkey

3 policemen killed by gunmen in southern Yemen

DOD Identifies Units for Upcoming Afghanistan Rotation

Reported security incidents
#1: An explosion happened close to the airport in Jalalabad city the capital of eastern Nangarhar province 120 km east of Afghan capital Kabul on Friday, injuring five people, an official said. "An oil tanker exploded some 100 meter away from the gate of Jalalabad airport injuring five people," the official told Xinhua but declined to give his name, saying that authorized officials would brief the media. Meantime, spokesman for provincial administration confirmed the incident, saying that four civilians were injured in the blast. "An oil tanker caught fire close to the airport as a result four civilians sustained injuries,"Ahmad Zia Abdulzai said.

#2: According to local authorities in southern Afghanistan, at least 12 armed militants were killed following armed clashes with the Afghan police forces in southern Helmand province. The officials further added, the incident took place after a number of armed militants ambushed a police check post in Nawzad district of southern Helmand province. Provincial police officials said, the clashes started around 4 am local time on Thursday and continued until 6 am. Gen. Dawlatzai further added, at least two Afghan police service members were killed and three others were injured during the clashes.

DoD: Spc. Keith D. Benson

DoD: Cpl. Phillip D. McGeath