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

Saturday, February 11, 2012

War News for Saturday, February 11, 2012

NATO is reporting the death of an ISAF soldier from an insurgent attack in an undisclosed location in southern Afghanistan on Friday, February 10th.

Two Westerners kidnapped in Pakistan held by Taliban

Hackers target CIA, Mexican, Alabama websites

Man Gets Life Term for Killing 2 U.S. Airmen in Germany

Informer Misled NATO in Airstrike That Killed 8 Civilians, Afghans Say

Mississippi soldier dies of medical condition in Afghanistan

Reported security incidents
#1: An Afghan government official says five policemen have been killed by a roadside bomb in southern Afghanistan. The deputy governor of Uruzgan province, Haji Khubirahim, says the policemen were patrolling in their vehicle when it hit a roadside mine in Chanartu district. He says one civilian also was wounded in the blast, which occurred early on Saturday morning.

#2: Militants fired two rocket-propelled grenades at a military airport in the town of Miranshah in the North Waziristan tribal region, near the Afghanistan border, security officials said. There were no immediate reports of casualties.

#3: Afghan police backed by army and the NATO-led forces have killed three anti-government militants and captured 12 others over the past 24 hours during series of operations across the country, Interior Ministry said in a statement released here on Saturday. "During the past 24 hours, Afghan National Police, Afghan National Army and the international Coalition Forces launched six joint operations in Nangarhar, Parwan, Helmand, Nimroz, Ghazni and Khost provinces during which three armed insurgents were killed, two wounded and 12 others were arrested," the statement added.

#4: At least five people were injured in an attack on a police mobile in northwestern Pakistani district of Sawabi on Friday evening, reported local Urdu TV channel Dunya.

According to a statement issued by the ministry of defense of Afghanistan, at least 2 Afghan National Army service members were killed and four others were injured in Obe district of western Herat province. The statement further added, at least 2 other Afghan National Army service members were killed and injured in a separate incident at Khas district of eastern Kunar province.


dancewater said...

In the story of the 8 civilians killed, there was one civilian who was 18.... the rest were children.

Another sad reflection on the evil of wars.

dancewater said...

Iraq has 65 executions in the first 40 days of 2012

Human Rights Watch is particularly concerned that Iraqi courts admit as evidence confessions obtained under coercion. The government should disclose the identities, locations, and status of all prisoners on death row, the crimes for which they have been convicted, court records for their being charged, tried, and sentenced, and details of any impending executions, Human Rights Watch said.

A Justice Ministry official confirmed to Human Rights Watch on February 8 that authorities had executed 14 prisoners earlier in the day. “You should expect more executions in the coming days and weeks,” the official added.


They are acting just like Saddam.