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

Tuesday, March 13, 2012

War News for Tuesday, March 13, 2012

NATO is reporting the death of an ISAF soldier from a non-combat related injury in an undisclosed location in southern Afghanistan on Monday, March 12th.

Murder in Afghanistan, the Coverup Begins (updates)

NATO losing war on drugs in Afghanistan

U.S. Officials Debate Speeding Afghan Pullout

Reported security incidents
#1: Taliban militants have opened fire on an Afghan government delegation visiting a village in southern Afghanistan where 16 civilians were killed. The delegation was with families of the victims in Balandi village when they heard shooting, said Qayum Karzai, a brother of the Afghan president who was part of the group. He said he did not believe anyone was killed in the attack. However, a policeman was reportedly shot in the foot.

#2: Afghan Interior Ministry on Tuesday announced at least 2 armed insurgents were killed and 7 others were detained following military operations by Afghan National Police. According to a statement issued by the Afghan Interior Ministry, the militants were killed during 5 separate military operations conducted by Afghan National Police during the past 24 hours. The operations were conducted in conjunction with the Afghan National Army, Afghan Intelligence and International Coalition Security forces at Kabul, Helmand, Uruzgan, Logar and Khost provinces of Afghanistan.

#1: A suspected U.S. drone strike killed five alleged militants in Pakistan's tribal region bordering Afghanistan on Tuesday, two intelligence officials said. The suspected drone fired two missiles on a vehicle, carrying suspected militants, in the area of Shawal in North Waziristan, one of the seven districts of Pakistan's volatile tribal region bordering Afghanistan, the officials said.

#2: Militants threw a grenade and then opened fire at a meeting of tribal elders and local officials in the town of Mir Ali in the North Waziristan tribal region, killing at least three people, including a senior local official, security officials said.