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

Friday, February 10, 2012

War News for Friday, February 10, 2012

The DoD is reporting a new death previously unreported by the military. Sgt. 1st Class Billy A. Sutton died from unreported causes somewhere in Uruzgan province, Afghanistan on Tuesday, February 7th.

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Reported security incidents
#1: Pakistani forces killed 11 militants and wounded 19 in the northwest on Friday, security officials said, in a crackdown in the Kurram tribal region near the border with Afghanistan. The military fired artillery shells at three suspected hideouts in the Mamozai area of Kurram, where dozens of people have been killed in fierce fighting between Pakistani soldiers and insurgents in the last few weeks. The death toll could not be independently verified and militants often dispute official accounts.

#2: It said that six militants were killed on Thursday after foreign forces launched an airstrike in response to rocket-propelled grenade attack and small arms fire in the Nijrab district of Kapisa, situated some 65 kilometers (40 miles) north of the Afghan capital city of Kabul.

#3: Two other were killed after foreign forces retaliated for a barrage of mortar rounds fired by militants in the Khost district of Khost Province, situated 150 kilometers (93 miles) southeast of Kabul, the ISAF statement added.

#4: Afghanistan's President Hamid Karzai accused NATO on Thursday of killing a number of children in an airstrike, a case which could stoke tensions between the government and its western backers over a mounting civilian death doll. The NATO-led coalition in the country did not immediately confirm the deaths, but said it was investigating an incident in the Najrab district of eastern Kapisa province. Mehrabuddin Safi, the governor of Kapisa, said a coalition air strike late on Wednesday killed eight children in Giawa village. Other Afghan officials had earlier said the strike followed a night raid on suspected insurgents.

#5: Kandahar (BNA) two civilians were wounded in a bomb explosion in Kandahar province yesterday, this bomb exploded yesterday noon in the Khwaja BaBa area, of that province. According to reports, Taliban was placed this bomb in a motorbikes. Media’s office of Kandahar province said to BNA, in this explosion, two civilians have been wounded.

#6: A homemade bomb planted in a donkey cart exploded in the Khuzdar area of the southwestern Baluchistan province, killing one person and wounding another, police officials said.

DoD: Sgt. 1st Class Billy A. Sutton