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 28, 2012

War News for Wednesday, March 28, 2012

NATO is reporting the death of an ISAF soldier from an IED attack in an undisclosed location in southern Afghanistan on Monday, March 27th.

Reported security incidents
#1: Afghan interior ministry officials following a press release on on Wednesday announced at least 14 armed militants were killed and 9 others were detained following military operations during the past 24 hours. The source further added, the militants were killed and detained during 8 separate military operations conducted by Afghan national police forces across the country. The operations were conducted by Afghan police in conjunction with the Afghan army, Afghan intelligence and NATO-led international coalition security forces at Laghman, Badakshan, Kandahar, Maidan Wardak, Logar, Khost, Paktika, Paktia and Uruzgan provinces of Afghanistan, the statement added. In the meantime, local security officials in northern Faryab province announced at least 7 armed insurgents were killed and 7 others were detained in this province. An Afghan army official said, the militants were killed and detained during an operation conducted by Afghan special forces and foreign troops at Khwaja Sabzposh district last night.

#2: International Security Assistance Force officials following a press release on Tuesday announced, an International Security Assistance Force aircraft made a precautionary landing in southern Afghanistan today. The source further added, initial reports indicate the cause of the incident was a mechanical malfunction and there were no reported casualties. The statement did not disclose further information regarding the exact location of incident.

#3: forces killed six suspected Taliban militants and arrested two others during an operation in Kunduz province 250 km north of capital Kabulon Wednesday, a local official said. "The operation was conducted at around 02:00 a.m. local time today in Khan Abad district. As a result, six suspected militants including group commander namely Mullah Habibullah, were killed and two others detained," said Habibullah Khan,police chief of Khan Abad district.