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 22, 2012

War News for Thursday, March 22, 2012

The British MoD is reporting the death of a British ISAF soldier from an IED blast in the Mirmandab region of Nahr-e Saraj district, Helmand province, Afghanistan on Wednesday, March 21st.

Local News LJWorld is reporting the death of an ISAF soldier Sgt. Jamie Jarboe in a hospital in Topeka, Kansas on Wednesday, March 21st. He was left paralyzed from a sniper, small arms fire/gunshot wounds attack in an unknown location in Afghanistan on April, 2011.

Dramatic footage shows U.S. Apache helicopter crashing in Afghanistan

Turkish troops kill seven PKK militants in clash - Five Turkish police killed in clashes a day earlier

Reported security incidents
#1: At least five militants were killed in a clash between security forces and militants in north western tribal region on Wednesday, official sources said. The military operation took place in Jogi, area of Kurram Agency located in the Federally Administered Tribal Area (FATA) of Pakistan along Afghanistan border. The afternoon clashes also left two security personnel and eight militants injured.

#2: Afghan authorities say three civilians were killed and 15 others were wounded when a rocket exploded in a bazaar in the eastern part of the country. Gen. Zirawer Zahid, the police chief in Ghazni province, said insurgents who fired the rocket Wednesday were targeting the police headquarters, but it fell in a market area of Muqur district instead.

#3: According to a statement issued by the Afghan interior ministry, at least 3 armed militants were killed and injured and 10 others were detained across the country during the past 24 hours. The source further added, the militants were killed, injured and detained following joint military operations conducted by Afghan police, Afghan army, Afghan intelligence and international coalition security forces. The operations were conducted at eastern Nangarhar, southern Uruzagn, eastern Ghazni and western Herat provinces of Afghanistan, the officials added.


whisker said...

Something happened to yesterdays post and it never got published, and in the meanwhile I may have messed up Tuesdays post too. There wasn’t much going on, but I apologize for the mix-up.