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 24, 2012

War News for Saturday, March 24, 2012

NATO is reporting the death of an ISAF soldier from non-combat related injury in an undisclosed location in eastern Afghanistan on Saturday, March 24th.

Turkey may resume military operation in northern Iraq

Reported security incidents
#1: Afghan authorities say a remote-controlled bomb has killed a former Afghan senator and three other people in the south of the country. Fareed Ayal, who is the spokesman for the provincial police chief, says former senator Khairo Jan, a tribal elder named Sharafuddin and two bodyguards were killed as they were driving in Uruzgan province. Jan is an elder of the Popalzai tribe, the same tribe that Afghan President Hamid Karzai is from. Ayal says the blast occurred about 1:30 p.m. local time Saturday about six kilometers (four miles) south of the provincial capital of Tirin Kot. They were riding in a vehicle that was en route to Jan's village in an area known as Dayak.

#2: In a separate operation at least 2 Taliban militants were killed following a joint military operation by Afghan and coalition security forces at central Baghlan district.

#3: Afghan interior ministry following a press release on Saturday announced at least 6 armed militants were killed and injured following Afghan police operations during the past 24 hours. The source further added, at least 4 insurgents were also detained during the operations. The militants were killed, injured and detained in five seperate military operations conducted by Afghan police in conjunction with the Afghan army, Afghan intelligence and coalition security forces, interior ministry officials said. The operations were conducted at Kabul, Nangarhar, Baghlan, Helmand and Badghis provinces of Afghanistan, killing at least 4 insurgents, injuring 2 others and 4 insurgents were detained.

#4: According to local authorities in northern Baghlan province, an insurgent was killed at Chawk-e-Pashtunistan in central Baghlan district while he was planting a roadside improvised explosvie device. Gen. Asadullah Shirzad provincial security chief for northern Baghlan province said, the incident took place on Friday night while the insurgent was planting a roadside bomb at Chawk-e-Pashtunistan in central Baghlan province. Gen. Shirzad further the insurgent was fragmented into pieces as a result of the explosion and there was no civilian casualties reported.

DoD: Spc. Dennis P. Weichel Jr.