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

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

War News for Wednesday, February 22, 2012

The Georgian MoD is reporting the deaths of three Georgian ISAF soldiers from a roadside bombing in Helmand province, Afghanistan on Tuesday, February 21st. Here's the ISAF release.

Gunfire wounds 26 in Afghan protests over Koran burning

Five dead in Afghan protest over Quran burning

Nine Afghan schoolgirls injured in NATO air raid

Reported security incidents
#1: A homemade bomb exploded next to a police vehicle in the Shabqadar area of the northwestern Charsadda district, near the restive Mohmand tribal region, security officials said. There were no casualties.

#2: A homemade bomb exploded outside a house in the Spin Qabar area of the northwestern Khyber tribal region, near the Afghanistan border, killing two people and wounding another, security officials said. Police said the device exploded as residents tried to remove it.

#3: A homemade bomb planted in a motorcycle exploded outside a hospital in the northwestern city of Peshawar, police officials said. There were no casualties.

GO/MoD: Corporal Beraia Valiko

GO/MoD: Corporal Meladze Ruslan

GO/MoD: Corporal Kacharava Paata