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 27, 2012

War News for Monday, February 27, 2012

NATO is reporting the deaths of two ISAF soldiers from a small arms/gunfire attack by an ANA soldier in an undisclosed location in Kabul, Afghanistan on Saturday, February 25th. News reports that an Afghan working for the MoD shot two American officers in the head and escaped.

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France, Germany withdraw civilian staff from Afghanistan

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Reported security incidents
#1: A suicide car bomber rammed his vehicle into the gates of a NATO base and airport in eastern Afghanistan on Monday, triggering a blast that killed nine Afghans, officials said. The Taliban claimed the attack was revenge for U.S. troops burning copies of the Qur’an. The bombing in the city of Jalalabad in eastern Afghanistan. Shortly after daybreak, the bomber drove up to the gates of the airport, which primarily serves international military aircraft, and detonated his explosives in a "very strong" blast, said Nangarhar provincial police spokesman Hazrad Mohammad. Among the dead were six civilians, two airport guards and one soldier, Mohammad said. Another six people were wounded, he said

#2: Eight U.S. soldiers were wounded in a protest at a base in Afghanistan, continuing a week of violence directed toward American forces in the country. NBC News said the soldiers were wounded when a grenade was thrown during a demonstration in Kunduz province against the burning of Korans at the U.S. airbase in Bagram, north of the capital, Kabul.

On Sunday, demonstrators hurled grenades at a small U.S. base in northern Afghanistan and the ensuing gun battle left two Afghans dead and seven NATO troops injured.

#3: An Afghan official says four insurgents were killed by a rocket that they were trying to fire into an Afghan-run military base in the east of the country. Nazian district administrator Mohammad Issa says the insurgents clashed with Afghan soldiers outside the base on Monday. He says they were killed when the rocket they were trying to shoot into the base instead exploded among them.

#4: A blast hit the site where Awami National Party (ANP) was holding a public rally that killed five persons and injured 15 others, including four policemen, our sources reported Monday. The bomb went off soon after chief minister of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province, Amir Haider Hoti, and other ministers in his provincial cabinet had left the meeting in the town of Nowshera. According to police, a remote-controlled bomb that was fixed in a motorcycle hit the ANP rally venue after the public address concluded. As a result of blast, five persons were killed while 15 others were injured including four policemen. The injured were shifted to District Headquarter Hospital where five are said to be in critical condition.

#5: Afghan security forces and foreign troops killed six insurgents and detained three more as they launched an attack on a police checkpoint on the border with Pakistan. The assault took place in Nazian district of eastern Nangarhar province, regional governor spokesman Ahmad Zia Abdulzai said.

#6: Afghan security forces and foreign troops killed five insurgents and detained 22 in eight operations over the past 24 hours, the interior ministry said in a statement.

#7: Eight civilians, including four children and two women, were killed by a roadside bomb in eastern Khost province, senior police detective Mohammad Yaqub told Reuters.

#8: Three rockets landed in the Afghan capital Kabul in the early hours of Saturday morning, but did not cause any casualties, police said.

#9: A homemade bomb exploded next to a Pakistani military patrol in the Sararogha area of the South Waziristan tribal region, near the Afghanistan border, killing two soldiers and wounding another, security officials said.

#10: Militants fired rocket-propelled grenades at a Pakistani military checkpost in the Sarwakai area of South Waziristan, killing two soldiers, security officials said.

#11: According to local authorities in southern Uruzgan province, at least 3 Afghan police service members were killed and injured following a roadside bomb explosion in this province. The officials further added, the incident took place in the central city of Tarinkowt. A spokesman for provincial police commandment Farid Ayel confirming the report said, the incident took place at Spilandi area in the central city of Tarinkowt after an Afghan Police vehicle struck with a roadside bomb. Mr. Ayel further added, at least 1 Afghan police officer was killed and 2 others were injured.

DoD: Lt. Col. John D. Loftis