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 10, 2012

War News for Saturday, March 10, 2012

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Reported security incidents
#1: An Afghan police official says insurgents attacked a checkpoint in eastern Afghanistan and that two border policemen and three attackers were killed in the ensuing firefight. Regional border police spokesman Edris Mohmand says insurgents assaulted the checkpoint in Lalpur district of Nangarhar province Friday. The area is near the border with Pakistan. The assault resulted in a three-hour gunbattle between the police and the assailants.

#2: Four civilians were killed and one more wounded by a NATO air strike in the northeastern Kapisa province overnight, local officials said.

#3: Afghan and foreign troops killed two insurgents and detained 27 more during joint operations in several parts of the country, the Ministry of Interior said.

#1: Pakistani fighter jets bombed four militant hideouts in the Khadezai and Mamozai areas of the northwestern Orakzai tribal region, near the Afghanistan border, killing 21 militants and wounding 23 military officials said. There was no way to independently confirm the death toll. Militants often dispute official death figures.

#2: An American missile attack killed 12 terrorists on the Pakistani side of the Afghan border on Friday, one of only a handful of such strikes this year, Pakistani officials said. The missile struck in the Mandao district of South Waziristan, a rugged terrorist stronghold where the Pakistan Army has staged offensives in the past, the officials said, giving no further details.

#3: Taliban militants armed with guns and rockets ambushed a military convoy on Friday, killing seven soldiers and injuring two in North Waziristan, officials said. The attack took place at the Khar Kamar area of Datta Khel tehsil, 30 kilometres west of Miramshah. Security officials said nine militants were also killed in the attack, but there was no independent confirmation of the toll. “After the ambush, military helicopters and troops retaliated and there were reports of deaths of nine militants,” an intelligence official said.