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

Thursday, February 9, 2012

War News for Thursday, February 09, 2012

Turkish clashes with PKK militants kill 14

U.S. likely to scale down plans for bases in Japan and Guam

National Guard (in Federal Status) and Reserve Activated as of February 7, 2012

Reported security incidents
#1: A suspected U.S. drone strike killed four people in Pakistan's tribal region Thursday morning, Pakistani officials told CNN. The drone fired two missiles at a suspected militant hideout in Miranshah, the main town in North Waziristan, according to security and political officials, who asked not to be identified because they were not authorized to speak to the media. The attack was the second drone strike in Pakistan in as many days.

#2: Two policemen were killed and one wounded when they tried to defuse a mine planted in Lashkar Gah city in southern province Helmand on Wednesday, said Farid Farhang, a media advisor to the provincial police chief.

#3: Afghan security forces and foreign troops killed two insurgents and detained 30 more in joint operations in Kandahar, Uruzgan, Khost, Kapisa, Helmand and Herat provinces over the past 24 hours, the interior ministry said in a statement.

#4: Unidentifed attackers threw a hand grenade at a shop in Quetta, capital of southwestern Baluchistan province, wounding four people, police officials said.

#5: Gunmen on motorcycles shot and killed local politician Abdul Ghani Haqqani in the town of Chaman in southwestern Baluchistan province, near the Afghan border, security officials said.

#6: According to local authorities in eastern Afghanistan, Afghan National Army and Afghan National Police forces launched a joint military operation at eastern Khost province. Provincial security officials following a press release said, the operations have been conducted in a number of bordering regions of eastern Khost province. Sardar Mohammad Zazai Provincial Security Chief for eastern Khost province said, a number of suspected militants were detained during the military operation last evening.

#7: According to local authorities in eastern Afghanistan, at least 8 Afghan civilians were killed following an air raid by International Coalition forces in eastern Kapisa province. The officials further added, the incident took place in Nejrab district of eastern Kapisa province. A number of local residents said, the civilians were killed while they were feeding their animals on a mountain in Giawa in Nejrab district.

#8: According to local authorities in southern Afghanistan, at least 3 Afghan National police service members were killed and injured following an explosion in southern Helmand province on Thursday. The officials further added, the incident took place around 10:30 am local time killing at least 2 Afghan police and injuring 1 other. Provincial governor spokesman Daud Ahmadi confirming the report said, the incident took place after an explosive device planted in a road culvert went off at Lashkargah city. Mr. Ahmadi further added, Afghan police forces were struggling to defuse the roadside bomb when the explosion took place.


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