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 16, 2012

War News for Monday, January 16, 2011

NATO is reporting the deaths of two ISAF soldiers from non-combat related injuries in an undisclosed location in southern Afghanistan on Sunday, January 15th.

FACTBOX-Security developments in Iraq, January 16

Police Officers Are Killed in Insurgent Attacks in Iraq

Reported security incidents
#1: An Afghan official says a civilian helicopter has crashed in southern Afghanistan, killing all three people on board. Marjan Haqmal, police chief of Nad Ali district in Helmand province, says the Russian-made aircraft probably went down because of a technical malfunction. NATO confirmed that a civilian helicopter crashed in southern Afghanistan on Monday. It said the site of the crash has been secured and that coalition forces are trying to gather more information about what happened. NATO did not provide information about casualties.

According to local authorities in southern Afghanistan, a NATO helicopter crashed in southern Helmand province on Monday. The officials further added, the incident took place on Monday afternoon at Shawol area of Nad-e-Ali district.

#2: According to Afghan Defense officials, at least two Afghan National Army soldiers were killed and two others were injured following military operations across the country. The source further added, at least two National Army soldiers were killed in Delaram district of western Nimroz province while two other National Army soldiers were injured at Shahjoi district in Helmand province and Manogi district of eastern Kunar province.


dancewater said...

Baghdad gets tough on US contractors

BAGHDAD - Iraqi authorities have detained several hundred foreign contractors in recent weeks, industry officials say, including many Americans who work for the United States Embassy, in one of the first major signs of the Iraqi government's asserting its sovereignty as a result of the American troop withdrawal last month.

The detentions have occurred largely at the airport in Baghdad and at checkpoints around the capital after the Iraqi authorities raised questions about the contractors' documents, including visas, weapons permits and authorizations to drive certain routes.

Although no formal charges have been filed, the detentions have lasted from a few hours to nearly three weeks.

The crackdown comes amid other moves by the Iraqi government to take over functions that had been performed by the U.S. military and to claim areas of the country it had controlled.

In the final weeks of the military withdrawal, the son of Iraq's prime minister began evicting Western companies and contractors from the heavily fortified Green Zone, which had been the heart of the U.S. military operation for much of the war.

Just after the last U.S. troops left in December, the Iraqis stopped issuing and renewing many badges, weapons licenses and other authorizations.

The restrictions created a curious sequence of events in which contractors - who provide training, logistics, maintenance and private security - were being detained for having expired documents that the
government would not renew.


sounds like a plan.... to get their country back!

dancewater said...

From blog:

From Pamela Geller, quoted in the Houston Chronicle [h/t -- Eric Dondero]:

I love these Marines. Perhaps this is the infidel interpretation of the Islamic ritual of washing and preparing the body for burial.

In future dictionaries, a “geller” will be defined as “a near-perfect intersection of abject stupidity and irredeemable evil.”

dancewater said...

Video of Marines urinating on bodies no surprise to Afghans

In Afghanistan, while no major protests were reported the day after the video surfaced online — purporting to show four Marines standing in a semicircle and urinating on dead Afghans — one resident said he wasn't surprised.

"I know a lot of horrible things happen in the south and nobody but the locals know about it," said Jamal Karimi, 32, referring to southern Afghanistan, where American forces have maintained a large troop presence.

"Such things happen all the time, and people talk about it but media hardly report them," said Karimi, a shopkeeper from the southern city of Kandahar

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