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

Thursday, March 8, 2012

War News for Thursday, March 08, 2012

Afghan air force probed in drug running investigation

War kills: US Army suicides rose 80% after Iraq invasion

National Guard (in Federal Status) and Reserve Activated as of March 6, 2012

Reported security incidents
#1: Nine local policemen were killed following a militant attack in Afghanistan's central province of Uruzgan, officials said on Thursday. Taliban fighters attacked a local police's checkpoint, killing nine policemen in the Dashi area of Charchino district, the governor's office said in a statement. Official sources said that one of the policemen had links with Taliban fighters who assailed the checkpoint. Nine policemen were killed and a 10th was missing as a result of the assault, head of district development council, Juma Gul, said. A Taliban spokesman, Qari Yousuf Ahmadi, claimed responsibility for the attack, saying they killed 10 policemen in the checkpoint.

#2: Afghan officials say a roadside bomb has gone off in the country’s east, wounded 11 people, including four policemen. Nangarhar provincial government spokesman Ahmad Zia Abdulzai says Thursday’s bomb was hidden beside a road in Jalalabad city. He says most of the wounded were people who were walking by when the bomb exploded. Four of the injured were police.

#3: A Spanish soldier was wounded Wednesday while on patrol in northwestern Afghanistan, but is out of danger, the Spain’s Defense Ministry said. The soldier, whose identity is being withheld, was part of a mission to re-supply an Afghan army observation post near Spain’s Bernardo de Galvez base in Ludina. Wounded when insurgents fired on the patrol.

#4: Four civilians were killed and 10 injured on Wednesday when a remote-controlled motorbike bomb exploded in an Afghan town on the border with Pakistan, police said. Officials blamed the attack, in the town of Spin Boldak in Kandahar province, on the Taliban, who are waging a 10-year insurgency against the Western-backed government in Kabul. "There was a motorbike bomb blast against border police in Spin Boldak. Four civilians, one of them a woman, were killed and 10 others were injured," said Janan, a rapid-reaction police unit commander who uses only one name.

#5: Gunmen opened fire at a bus station in the Kech area of the southwestern Baluchistan province, killing five people, police officials said.

#6: An explosion shocked northern Kunduz city on Thursday, casualties feared, a local official said.

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