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

Monday, April 16, 2012

War News for Monday, April 16, 2012

NATO is reporting the death of an ISAF soldier from an IED blast in an undisclosed location in eastern Afghanistan on Sunday, April 15th.

Afghanistan claims control of Kabul after Taliban attacks

Complex Attack by Taliban Sends Message to the West

Reported security incidents
#1: AN Afghan soldier was shot dead today after firing at allied NATO troops inside a military base near Kandahar, southern Afghanistan, officials said. "An army soldier has opened fire on ISAF [International Security Assistance Force] vehicle to kill troops," General Abdul Hameed Hameed, Afghan army commander for southern Afghanistan, told AFP. NATO troops at the Atal Army Corps base, just outside Kandahar, then returned fire and killed the attacker. ISAF said it was aware of the incident and confirmed there were no ISAF casualties in a statement on Twitter. It added that an investigation was underway but gave no more details.

#2: Dozens of Islamist militants stormed a prison in northwest Pakistan early on Sunday and freed nearly 400 inmates. Pakistan's Taliban movement, which is close to al-Qaida, said it was behind the brazen assault by militants armed with rocket-propelled grenades and AK-47 assault rifles. The attackers fired rocket propelled grenades at the black, metal gates of the prison, blowing them open. Debris was strewn on the ground inside, including locks that had been shot off doors. Walls were pockmarked with bullet holes.

#3: An explosion rocked Kapisa's provincial capital Mahmoud Raqi 65 km north of Kabul on Sunday killing three people, a local official said. "The gruesome incident appeared to be a bomb blast, happened at around 10:30 a.m. local time leaving three policemen dead," the official told Xinhua but declined to give his name saying authorized officials would brief the media after investigation.

DoD: Sgt. Tanner S. Higgins


dancewater said...

I got to meet Helena Cobban in person last night - she gave a talk in Asheville. Very cool to meet her in person.

She did some blogging on Today in Iraq years ago.

dancewater said...

One killed, twelve injured in blast at Iraq non-violence conference

One person was killed and 12 injured on Sunday when a car bomb exploded outside Kirkuk University in northern Iraq as an international conference on non-violence was taking place, Iraqi police said, dpa reported.

The conference on "Violence and the culture of non-violence in Iraq" is the first of its kind, a university spokesperson told dpa. It is being held in cooperation with German and Dutch institutions, with delegates from various foreign countries taking part.

whisker said...

I hope you got to her hubbie too, he's a good friend of mine.

dancewater said...

no, her hubbie did not come to Asheville.