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

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

War News for Wednesday, February 14, 2012

The DoD is reporting a new death previously unreported by the military. Pfc. Cesar Cortez died of unreported causes in the Kingdom of Bahrain on Saturday, February 11th. News reports that ne died in a motorcycle accident. Note: he was originally listed as supporting United States Mission Iraq but was changed to supporting Operation Enduring Freedom.

The British MoD is reporting the death of a British ISAF soldier from small arms fire in the Nad 'Ali district of Helmand province, Afghanistan on Monday, February 13th. Note: This is the ISAF release posted yesterday.

US meddling in Balochistan

Gainesville Marine severely wounded in Afghanistan -- Private First Class Sean Adams was clearing a roadway with a mine sweeper when he stepped on the IED. "He has shrapnel to his left eye, lacerations to his face, fractured jaw that is wired shut, both ear drums were ruptured, bruised lungs, soft tissue damage to both his arms, right hand pinky was amputated half way, left hand pinky was amputated, left hand thumb was amputated completely, shrapnel to the groin, left leg was amputated above the knee, and right leg was amputated mid-thigh," said Joshua.

Afghan Report Blames NATO for Airstrike That Killed Children

FACTBOX-Security developments in Iraq, Feb 14

Reported security incidents
#1: Afghan police, backed by army and the NATO-led coalition forces, have killed three insurgents and detained 44 militants during a series of operations over the past 24 hours, the country's Interior Ministry said on Tuesday. "During the past 24 hours, Afghan National Police, Afghan army and International Coalition Forces launched four joint operations in Jawzjan, Kandahar, Uruzgan, and Khost provinces," the ministry said in a statement.

#2: At least six insurgents and two police were killed and four wounded when they engaged in clash in Khoshamand district Paktika province. A media release from Paktika governor say that police were busy of patrolling in Khoshamnd district while they ordered a car to stop but the driver tried to run away from the area toward Ghazni province. Afterward police from Khoshamand and Jani Khel districts of Paktika followed the car into Ghazni province and later engaged in clash with them.

#3: Moreover Taliban claims to have blown up a NATO vehicle killing all personnel on board in Sabari district khost on monday but Sabari sub governor Dawlat Khan Qayumi. NATO press office in eastern Afghanistan confirms the incident but denies the allegations of Taliban regarding the casualties.

#4: According to local authorities in eastern Ghazni province, at least 6 Taliban militants were killed following armed clashes with the Afghan security forces in this province. A spokesman for the 505 Spinghar Zone Security Brigade Gen. Hamidullah said, at least 6 Taliban militants were killed and 4 Afghan National Police service members were injured during the cashes. Gen. Hamidullah further added, the clashes took place between the Taliban militants and Paktika police forces at Ghozi village in Ab-Band district of eastern Ghazni province. He also added, 4 Afghan police service members were critically injured during the clashes.

DoD: Pfc. Cesar Cortez

DoD: Lance Cpl. Osbrany Montes De Oca