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

Saturday, January 7, 2012

War News for Saturday, January 07, 2011

Airman on the mend after losing limbs in Afghanistan

5 million illegal immigrants residing in Pakistan, NA told

FACTBOX-Security developments in Iraq, January 7, Jan. 6th.

Reported security incidents
#1: Local authorities in southern Afghanistan on Saturday said, at least two private security guards working for a road construction were assassinated by unknown gunmen in southern Uruzgan province. The officials further added, another security guard was also injured during the incident which took place at Sarmorghab area in Tarinkowt district of southern Uruzgan province. According to officials, the private security guards were providing security for a GTZ project in this province. Provincial criminal chief Gen. Gulab Khan confirming the incident said, at least two security guards were killed and another one was injured during the incident.

#2: Militants fired three rocket-propelled grenades at a Pakistan army camp in the town of Miramshah in the North Waziristan tribal region, military officials said. There were no casualties.

#3: Militants set off explosives next to a gas pipeline in the Jaffarabad area of the southwestern Baluchistan province late on Friday, damaging a 20-foot section of the pipeline, security officials said on Saturday.

#4: A roadside mine killed four auxiliary policemen and wounded one in Shindand district of western Herat province on Friday, said Mohammad Nabi, a district governor in Shindand.

Geo/MoD: Corporal Shalva Pailodze


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