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 25, 2012

War News for Saturday, February 25, 2012

More Quran protests leave 7 dead in Afghanistan

Three killed in Afghanistan UN compound attack

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Reported security incidents
#1: Afghanistan's Ministry of Defence says six Afghan soldiers have been killed and 16 others wounded while trying to defuse a roadside bomb. The ministry says the soldiers died on Saturday in Mukar district of Baghdis province in western Afghanistan.

#2: Afghan security forces and foreign troops killed 12 insurgents and detained six more in Paktia and Helmand provinces over the past 24 hours, the interior ministry said in a statement.

#3: Seven militants were killed when Pakistani forces shelled their hideout in the Bara area of the northwestern Khyber tribal region, near the Afghanistan border, security officials said. The death toll could not be independently verified, and militants often dispute official accounts.

#4: A mortar shell landed on a house in the Bara area of the northwestern Khyber tribal region, near the Afghanistan border, killing three people and wounding three others, security officials said.

#5: Fourteen small homemade bombs planted on railway tracks exploded in the southern Sindh province, damaging tracks and disrupting railway traffic, provincial police officials said. There were no casualties.

#6: According to International Security Assistance Force officials, multiple insurgents were killed following a joint militqry operation by Afghan and International coalition security forces in eastern Afghanistan. The officials further added, the insurgents were killed in Qarghai district of eastern Laghman province while they were placing improvised exploive devices. Afghan and coalition security forces positively identified the insurgents and called in close air support assets to engage their position, ISAF said.

#7: According to local authorities in eastern Afghanistan, at least 2 Afghan civilians were injured following an explosion in eastern Kunar province. The officials further added, the incident took place around 8:30 am local time on Saturday at Narang district of eastern Kunar province. Narang district police chief said, the main target of the explosion was a local police commander Waziri, who survived the incident. According to local residents, the improvised explosive device was planted in a roadside at a market in Nanrang district and went off while the local police commander was crossing the area.

DoD: Sgt. Joshua A. Born

DoD: Cpl. Timothy J. Conrad Jr.