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, January 2, 2012

War News for Monday, January 02, 2011

The Georgian MoD is reporting the death of a Georgian ISAF soldier from an IED attack in Helmand province Afghanistan on presumably on Saturday, December 31st.

NATO is reporting the death of an ISAF soldier from a non-combat related incident in an undisclosed location in southern Afghanistan on Saturday, December 31st.

'Taliban won't attack Pak security forces'

Tapi gas pipeline project: Afghanistan blocks progress

Ship with Nato supplies berths at port

41 suicide attacks killed 606, injured over 1000 in 2011: CMC

FACTBOX-Security developments in Iraq, January 1, Dec 31st

In Afghanistan, Poppy Growing Proves Resilient

Reported security incidents
#1: A suspected U.S. drone aircraft fired two missiles into a vehicle in Mir Ali town in the North Waziristan region on the Afghan border, killing at least four militants, local intelligence officials said. Shortly afterwards, two more missiles were fired on militants who were busy in rescue work at the site of the first strike, killing four more insurgents.

#2: Three civilians were killed as a roadside bomb struck their car on Monday in Logar province, 60 km south of capital city Kabul, an official said. "The tragic incident took place outside provincial capital Pul- e-Alam at around 10:00 a.m. local time leaving three civilians including a child dead," spokesman for provincial administration Deen Mohammad Darvish told Xinhua.

#3: A suicide blast apparently targeted police post in Behsood district, Nangarhar province with Jalalabad as its capital 120 km east of Afghan capital Kabul on Monday, killing himself and wounding another, a local official said. "A man strapped explosive device in his body and was walking towards a police checkpoint in Behsood district at around 10:30 a. m. local time blew himself up on the way towards the police checkpoint as a result a child around was injured," governor of Behsood district Nematullah Khan told Xinhua.

#4: At least ten Afghan National Army service members were killed and injured in various incidents across the country. Afghan Defense Ministry officials following a statement said, at least three Afghan Army soldiers were killed and 7 others were injured. The source further added, Afghan soldiers were killed and injured following various incidents in Maidan Wardak, Nuristan and Laghman provinces. The officials also said, at least nine militants were also killed and injured during the Afghan national army operations. According to Ministry officials, at least 7 armed militants were killed and two others were injured during the operations in Tagab district at Kapisa province.

Geo/MoD: Corporal Besik Niniashvili

DoD: Spc. Pernell J. Herrera

MoD: Private John King

FR/MoD: L’adjudant-chef Mohammed El Gharrafi

FR/MoD: Le l├ęgionnaire de 1re classe Franjkovic


dancewater said...

Iraq Day!

Television stations in Baghdad are calling it "Iraq Day," the Saturday deadline for American troops to completely withdraw from the country under a U.S.-Iraqi security pact.

Stations aligned with Sunni and Shiite extremist groups, many of whom attacked U.S. troops, have dubbed it the "Day of Defeating the Occupier" -- others have called it the "Day of Fullfillment" or "Day of Evacuation."

It's a day many Iraqis say they have waited for since the 2003 U.S.-led invasion that toppled Saddam Hussein, even as they admit their country is mired in a political crisis that has raised fears of a return of sectarian violence that nearly tore the country apart at the height of the war.

"Iraq Day, we are all for Iraq," Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki said in a mass text message sent Saturday morning.

"I congratulate you and our Iraqi nation on this great historic day, my love and respect to you and your families, your brother Nuri al-Maliki."