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, March 3, 2012

War News for Saturday, March 03, 2012

The DoD is reporting a new death previously unreported by the military. Cpl. Conner T. Lowry died during combat operations in an undisclosed location in Helmand province on Thursday, March 1st. News reports that he was a victim of a roadside bombing.

Taliban infiltration sophisticated: Afghan Army

US motives behind the CACI programme

Pakistan Battles Militants, in Worst Fighting in Months

Reported security incidents
#1: A suicide bomber on a motorcycle attacked a NATO convoy in Afghanistan’s southern province of Kandahar on Friday, wounding seven people including four soldiers, an official has revealed. “A suicide attacker rammed his explosives-laden motorcycle into a NATO convoy in Dand district injuring four foreign soldiers, one policeman, one translator and one civilian,” the Daily Times quoted provincial governor Toryalai Weesa, as saying.

#2: Six armed insurgents were killed and four others detained during joint operations in two Afghan provinces, the country's Interior Ministry said on Saturday. "The Afghan National Police, Afghan army and International Coalition Forces launched three joint operations in Nangarhar and Badghis provinces killing six armed insurgents and detaining four others over the past 24 hours," the ministry said in a statement.

According to officials in the Ministry of Defense of Afghanistan, at least 7 Afghan National Army service members were injured. Afghan Defense Ministry following a statement said, at least 5 Afghan National Army soldiers were injured at Delaram district of western Nimroz province while 2 others were injured at Moqor district of western Badghis province.

#3: "Two more insurgents were killed by their own IED while they attempted to plant it in the Badpakh District of eastern Laghman province Friday night," according to the statement.

#4: A roadside bomb killed four civilians in a car in the Khogyani district of eastern Nangarhar province, the governor's office said in a statement.

DoD: Cpl. Conner T. Lowry

DoD: Staff Sgt. Jordan L. Bear

DoD: Pfc. Payton A. Jones