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 23, 2012

War News for Monday, April 23, 2012

NATO is reporting the deaths of two ISAF soldiers from an IED blast in an undisclosed location in eastern Afghanistan on Sunday, April 22nd.

Opiates Killed 8 Americans In Afghanistan, Army Records Show

Afghan interpreters claim they will be killed when NZ withdraws

U.S., Afghan officials initial proposal on future ties

Rainy weather lingers in NW Pakistan

Heavy floods kill and injured 12 in Baghlan province

Reported security incidents
#1: Separately, two people were killed in a landmine explosion in RD 109, a bordering area between Sindh and Balochistan. Sources said the two villagers were on their way to Khand Khot when they hit a landmine, planted by unidentified people. They both died in the ensuing explosion.

#2: In another incident of violence in Balochistan, two people from the Amn Force were killed and two other injured in a landmine explosion in Dera Bugti. The force personnel were patrolling Za Mardan village in the Loti gas field area when their vehicle hit a landmine. Two force members were killed and as many injured in the explosion.

#3: In a shoot out between the police and some unknown armed persons two persons were killed, while a policeman was injured on Monday, Geo News reported. Police said that the encounter with the unknown armed persons at Akhtarabad in the outskirt Western By-pass here occurred at a time when the police signaled to a suspected vehicle to stop instead the vehicle riders opened fire on the police and leaving the vehicle attempted to escape. Their firing injured one policeman, while both the armed persons were killed in retaliatory firing.

#4: A huge fire erupted in capital Kabul on Monday afternoon, with thick black smoke arising out of the incident area. According to reports the fire erupted as a result of a fire incident at a fuel pump station in Deh-Mazan area west of capital Kabul. The main reason behind the incident and casualties are still unclear. Officials yet to comment regarding the incident.


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