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

Saturday, April 28, 2012

War News for Saturday, April 28, 2012

The DoD is reporting a new death previously unreported by the military. Spc. Jason K. Edens died at the Bethesda Naval Hospital, Bethesda, Maryland on Thursday, April 26th. He was wounded from a small arms fire attack in Laghman province, Afghanistan on Sunday, April 15th. News reports that he was shot in the head.

The British MoD is reporting the death of a British ISAF soldier from small arms fire in Nahr-e Saraj (North), Helmand province, Afghanistan on Friday, April 27th.  Here's the ISAF release.

NATO is reporting the death of an ISAF soldier from a non-combat related injury in an undisclosed location in southern Afghanistan on Saturday, April 28th.

22 Somalis Killed in US Drone Attack

United States Talks Fail as Pakistanis Seek Apology

Reported security incidents
#1: Two Taliban militants hiding small guns in their shoes slipped into a provincial governor's compound in southern Afghanistan on Saturday, setting off a fierce gunbattle that left two security guards and both attackers dead. Kandahar Gov. Tooryalai Wesa said the two men made it through a pair of security checks without their weapons being detected. A guard at the last check — at the reception room for the governor's office — noticed something suspicious and stopped them. The attackers then pulled out the guns, shot the guards and took their weapons, Wesa said. The ensuing gunbattle with security forces lasted about 30 minutes, said Parwiz Najib, a spokesman for the governor. One other guard was wounded in the attack. Najib had initially said the two attackers were wearing suicide vests. Wesa later said the men had explosives but not suicide vests. Police also discovered two cars parked outside the compound that had been rigged with explosives, apparently ready to be set off if there was a surge of people out into the street, Wesa said. The police diffused those bombs, he said.

#2: A local soldier, Christopher Walker, was injured in an improvised explosive device attack on Wednesday in Afghanistan. Staff Sgt. Walker, a native of Altavista, is an explosive ordinance disposal specialist with 706 EOD Unit based in Hawaii. The family said his injuries included limb loss, eye injuries, injuries to his arms as well as brain injuries. He was placed in a medically induced coma, said Hammack.

#3: According to local western Herat province, Taliban militants assassinated the attorney general of the Farsi district on Friday. Provincial governor spokesman Mohiuddin Noori confirming the report said Taliban militants abducted Abdul Manan, the attorney general of the Farsi district on Friday and assassinated him afterwards. Mr. Noori further added he kidnapped by Taliban militants while he was on his way towards Herat city

DoD:  Spc. Jason K. Edens

DoD: Spc. Moises J. Gonzalez

DoD: Lt. Christopher E. Mosko

DoD: Staff Sgt. Brandon F. Eggleston

DoD: Sgt. Dick A. Lee Jr.


whisker said...

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