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 2, 2012

War News for Monday, April 02, 2012

NATO is reporting the death of an ISAF soldier from a non-combat related injury in an unreported location in eastern Afghanistan on Saturday, March 31th.

Reported security incidents
#1: Twin bomb blasts tore through a market in northern Afghanistan's Baghlan province on Monday, wounding two dozen people, just over half of them school children, officials said. "Overall we have 24 admitted to the hospital, 17 civilians, 13 of them are school students," said Abdul Qahar Qanit, a doctor in the local hospital. He said seven security personnel, including two senior district police officials, were also among the casualties. The explosions occurred one after another, with the second coming after security forces arrived to investigate the first blast, local administration chief Amir Gul told AFP.

#2: A REMOTE-controlled bomb in southern Afghanistan killed a police official who had survived multiple previous attempts on his life, police said. Toor Jan – an officer in charge of several checkpoints in Uruzgan province’s capital Tarin Kot – died along with one of his bodyguards yesterday.

#3: At least four soldiers and 14 militants died in clashes between Pakistani troops and militants near Pak-Afghan border in Mohmand Agency, officials said Monday, DawnNews reported. According to the government sources, the militants who reportedly came from Afghanistan attacked Olai check-post in Bazai district of Mohmand Agency. The early morning clashes also left five security personnel missing.

#4: At least one person was killed and 13 others injured on Monday afternoon when a car bomb went off in Pakistan's northwestern tribal region of Kurram agency bordering Afghanistan, local media reported. The bomb exploded at the taxicab stand besides a bus stop in the Sadda bazaar area. Local Urdu channel Dunya TV quoted rescuers as saying that the explosion left one person dead on the spot and 13 others injured, five of them in critical condition.

#5: According to local security officials in eastern Ghanzni province, at least 3 Afghan national police officers were injured following a roadside bomb explosion in this province. The officials further added, the incident took place in Khogyani district of eastern Ghazni province on Monday morning after the vehicle of Afghan police forces truck with a roadside bomb.

#6: Afghan interior ministry officials on Monday announced, at least 17 militants were killed following Afghan police operations across the country during the past 24 hours. According to a statement released by Afghan interior ministry, the militants were killed during 8 separate military operations conducted by Afghan police forces. The statement further added, the operations were jointly conducted by Afghan police, Afghan army, Afghan intelligence and international coalition security forces at Kabul, Kandahar, Kunduz, Helamnd, Maidan Wardak and Ghazni provinces of Afghanistan during the past 24 hours. At least 2 other militants were were wounded and 10 others were detained during the military operations, Afghan interior ministry officials said.

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