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

Wednesday, March 7, 2012

War News for Wednesday, March 07, 2012

The British MoD is reporting that six British ISAF soldiers are missing and presumed dead after a roadside bombing in an undisclosed area in southern Afghanistan on Tuesday, March 6th. Here's the ISAF statement.

Seven Polish soldiers to take stand for attack on Afghan village

Afghan avalanche kills 47

Reported security incidents
#1: A bomb hidden in a parked motorcycle exploded at a market in southern Afghanistan on Wednesday, killing four people, officials said. All those killed in the midday blast in Spin Boldak, on the Pakistani border, were civilians, said Zalmai Ayubi, a spokesman for the Kandahar provincial government. Eight people were wounded in the explosion, including one border police officer, he said.

#2: Afghan and foreign troops killed four insurgents during joint operations in several parts of the country in the last 24 hours, the Interior Ministry said in a statement.

#3: Four insurgents were killed by a NATO air strike in the eastern Kunar province when they attempted to attack a prison in Asadabad district, police said. A 12-year-old child was also killed by insurgents' gunfire, added Kunar police chief Ewaz Mohammad Naziri.

#4: A roadside mine killed two civilians in Kunar's Manogai district, police chief Naziri said.

#5: Seventeen militants, six of them foreigners, were killed and 12 others wounded in clashes with security forces in the mountainous region of Upper Orakzai, a military official said. The official said an unknown number of troops were also injured or killed, but he didn't provide any further information.

#6: A homemade bomb planted under a car exploded in the town of Badaber on the outskirts of the northwestern city of Peshawar, killing one person and wounding four others, police officials said.

#7: A homemade bomb exploded in the Takht-e-Bahi area of the northwestern Mardan district, damaging 22 shops, police officials said.

#8: A homemade bomb exploded on the outskirts of the northwestern town of Dera Ismail Khan, wounding two children, police officials said. Another bomb planted nearby was defused by the police. Dera Ismail Khan is near Pakistan's unruly northwestern tribal areas that lie along the border with Afghanistan, where several militant groups have strongholds.

#9: One Pakistan Army soldier was killed and two wounded when a homemade bomb exploded while they were on patrol in the Mohmand tribal region, security officials said.