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, February 13, 2012

War News for Monday, February 13, 2012

NATO is reporting the death of an ISAF soldier from an insurgent attack in an undisclosed location in southern Afghanistan on Monday, February 13th.

Risks of Afghan War Shift From Soldiers to Contractors

CENTCOM Quarterly Contractor Census Reports

Defense Base Act Case Summary by Employer - Office of Workers' Compensation Programs (OWCP)

Nato admits killing Afghan children

FACTBOX-Security developments in Iraq, Feb. 13, Feb. 12th.

Admiral Seeks Freer Hand in Deployment of Elite Forces -- off with his head - whisker

Reported security incidents
#1: Tajikistan's Defense Ministry says one of its helicopters has crashed in neighboring Afghanistan, killing four air force officers while performing a support operation for the international military coalition. The ministry said in a statement Monday that the helicopter was delivering humanitarian supplies to mountain communities in Afghanistan when it crashed Saturday. That account appears to contradict information provided by United States military contractor Supreme Group, which stated that the helicopter was carrying food and water to U.S. forces. Supreme said the helicopter was operated by a company called Central Asian Aviation Services, It is unclear if the Tajik air force leased its craft and provided the services of its military personnel to the U.S. contractor.

#2: Afghan officials on Sunday reported the assassination of a provincial jurist from a restive eastern province. His 8-year-old daughter was killed along with him, they said. The victim of the latest shooting, on Sunday evening, was Mohammad Nasir, who led the appeals court in Kunar province, which lies near Pakistan's tribal areas and has been the scene of heavy fighting over the last year. The killing occurred as the judge was visiting family in neighboring Nangarhar province. Ahmad Zia Abdulzai, a provincial spokesman in Nangarhar, said that Nasir was ambushed in his vehicle on his way home from a family visit, and that the shooting also injured two women and five children, all believed to be relatives. Other news accounts said the killing had taken place in the home of a family member in Nangarhar. The killing occurred in a district close to Jalalabad, the main city in Afghanistan's east, which was recently handed over to Afghan security control

#3: Six Taliban insurgents and two Afghan policemen were killed Sunday night in a clash in the country's eastern province of Paktika, the Afghan Interior Ministry said on Monday. "A clash broke out when a group of armed Taliban attacked a police unit in Ghozi Khil area of Abband district of eastern Paktika province Sunday night," the ministry said in a statement. In retaliatory attack by Afghan National Police (ANP) a total of six Taliban, including their commander namely Fida Mohammad, were killed, the statement said. The statement also confirmed two policemen with ANP were also killed in the clash lasted for a while.

#4: At least three people were killed and eight others were injured in a blast targeting a police vehicle in Dera Murad Jamali of southwest Pakistan on Monday, local media reported. According to the report by local Urdu TV channel ARY, the bomb went off at about 12:45 p.m. local time near a police vehicle when it was on its routine patrolling in Dera Murad Jamali, a city located at the east of southwest province of Balochistan. According to the initial reports, the explosive material was fixed in a motorbike parked near a goat market and it was triggered off by a remote controlled device. The explosion killed three people at the spot and injured eight others including four policemen.

#5: A homemade bomb exploded next to a police vehicle in the town of Dera Murad Jamali in the southwestern Baluchistan province, killing two people and wounding 14, local officials said.

#6: Afghan security forces and foreign troops killed 10 insurgents during operations in the Kabul, Helmand, Paktika and Farah provinces over the past 24 hours, the interior ministry said in a statement.

According to local authorities in southern Afghanistan, at least three Taliban militants were killed following armed clashes with the Afghan police in southern Kandahar province. The statement further added, 3 armed insurgents were killed at Arghistan district on Sunday evening after they ambushed an Afghan National Police vehicle at Mosh Giran area. Afghan National Police and Afghan civilians did not suffer any casualties during the clashes, officials confirmed. In the meantime Afghan police forces killed at least 2 insurgents at Maroof district while they were planting roadside bombs after crossing the border from Pakistan.

#7: A bomb blast rocked Trinkot the capital of Uruzgan province 370 km south of capital city Kabul on Monday, killing one person and injuring another, police said. "It was a remote-controlled bomb blast took place at around 08: 00 a.m. local time in Trinkot city as a result one person namely Mohammadullah was killed and another injured," deputy to provincial police chief Gulab Khan told Xinhua. The man killed in the blast was a contractor who supplied food items to police, he further, adding the injured man was a civilian and relative of Mohammadullah.