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, January 10, 2012

War News for Tuesday, January 10, 2011

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Reported security incidents
#1: Police killed three potential suicide bombers in Afghanistan's volatile east on Tuesday after the attackers stormed a government building and a gunfight was continuing against a fourth assailant, authorities said. Two policemen were killed in the firefight, the ministry of the interior said. The Taliban claimed responsibility for the attack in Paktika province, which shares a porous and ill-defined border with Pakistan. The four insurgents, with small explosives strapped to their bodies and carrying grenade launchers, targeted the government communications office near the home of the Paktika governor Mohebullah Samim. “One policeman was killed and part of the communications building is now on fire,” Samim told Reuters, adding the fourth insurgent “was still resisting”. Troops from NATO's International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) were providing air support, he said.

#2: A remote-controlled bomb blast killed 35 people and wounded more than 60 others in the deadliest attack in months in the Taliban-hit tribal region of northwest Pakistan. The explosion on Tuesday took place in a market in Jamrud, one of the towns of the troubled Khyber tribal region, which also used to serve as the main supply route for NATO forces operating in Afghanistan. 'The total number of deaths in the blast is 35 while 69 people were wounded, and of them the condition of 11 is critical,' a senior administration official Shakeel Khan Umarzai told AFP.

A bomb has killed at least 23 people and wounded 26 when it exploded near a fuel station in Pakistan's northwestern Khyber region, one of the restive tribal areas where insurgents are battling government forces, regional officials said. "It was a huge blast and caused damage to a number of vehicles at (a) bus terminal," said Khyber tribesman Khan Zaman from the Jamrud bazaar, around 25 kilometres west of the city of Peshawar. Tribesman said members of the pro-government Zakhakhel tribal militia were the target of the attack. Members of the militia - or "lashkar" - were filling their vehicles at the station when the bomb exploded. Assistant Political Agent Jamrud Mohammad Jamil Khan said three members of the Khasadar tribal police force were killed.

#3: Ten Taliban insurgents were killed in an operation by Afghan and foreign forces in northern Afghanistan, Afghan police said Tuesday. Sher Jan Durani, a police spokesman for the northern province of Balkh, said the rebels were killed overnight in the province's Charchenak district. 'Insurgents used rocket-propelled grenades and small-arms fire to engage the security force,' the statement said.

#4: An Afghan soldier turned his gun on U.S. military personnel while they were playing volleyball at a camp in southern Afghanistan, killing one and wounding three others before being fatally shot, the Afghan police said Monday. It was the third time in just over two weeks that a man wearing an Afghan Army uniform attacked NATO personnel. In the earlier cases, the Taliban claimed responsibility, although there was no immediate claim in this case that the Afghan soldier had Taliban sympathies. The attack took place Sunday afternoon in Qalat, the capital of Zabul province. The Afghan soldier approached the volleyball game and appeared to watch the soldiers play before opening fire with an M-16 assault rifle, said Ghulam Jilani Farahi, deputy police chief of Zabul province. Another U.S. soldier who heard the firing shot and killed the attacker, he said.

#5: A total of six people were injured Tuesday morning when two successive blasts rocked Jalalabad city, the provincial capital of eastern Afghanistan's Nangarhar province, said the country's Interior Ministry. "Initially, there was a mine explosion in front of a shop in the first precinct of Jalalabad city at around 6:00 a.m. local time, with no casualties, but shortly after a unit of police arrived in the scene another bomb went off, injuring six people," the ministry said in a press release. It said the injured include two policemen, two mine clearance personnel, a child and a member of Afghan National Directorate of Security or intelligence agency.

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