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 24, 2012

War News for Tuesday, January 24, 2011

Christopher D. Bordoni, 21, was wounded in an attack involving a suicide bomber while serving in Afghanistan's southern Helmand province, according to a statement from his family. He was sent to a hospital in Germany, and was recently transferred to the San Antonio Military Medical Center to receive treatment, according to the statement. According to his family, Bordoni was on patrol in the Kajaki district when a suicide bomber on a motorcycle entered the area. It was reported that several civilians, military personnel and police were injured and killed, according to the family's statement.

FACTBOX-Security developments in Iraq, January 24

Reported security incidents
#1: At least five insurgents have been killed as Afghan forces and NATO-led Coalition troops conducted operations in eastern Afghanistan region, the NATO-led forces said on Tuesday. "Afghan and Coalition Forces killed five insurgents and detained eight suspected individuals in eastern Afghanistan during operations throughout the past 24 hours, Jan. 23," the NATO-led International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) said in a press release. "A coalition airstrike killed five insurgents after troops positively identified them with weapons in Tagab District, Kapisa Province," it said.

#2: A fresh drone attack carried out by the American CIA in North Waziristan Agency Monday morning killed 6 people. Reports reaching here said a few predator planes, in a third missiles hit after Mohmand tragedy, targeted a vehicle in Degaan area some 30 kilometers west of Miran Shah the headquarters of North Waziristan agency Monday early morning destroying the vehicle completely. “The American planes hovering in the skies for quite some time fired many missiles at a vehicle heading towards Datta Khel area from Tehsil Degaan and the vehicle was seen in high flames where as a nearby house was also damaged”. Sources told Observer adding as many as six people on board the vehicle were found dead. Some official sources said those killed were the fugitives and hailed from Turkmenistan. “They did not appear to be the local militants”. The people of the area said and added that three drones were hovering in the skies when the attack took place