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

Thursday, April 5, 2012

War News for Thursday, April 05, 2012

NATO is reporting the death of a third ISAF soldier from an IED blast in an undisclosed area in northern Afghanistan on Wednesday, April 4th.

Blast on Iraq Kirkuk-Ceyhan pipeline shuts oil flows

Iran’s Efforts to Stir Afghan Violence Worry U.S.

In Iraq, concern over shrinking rights

Reported security incidents
#1: Gunmen attacked an outpost of a government-sponsored militia in western Afghanistan and killed 10 members of the security force, officials said Thursday. Militants armed with assault rifles stormed the outpost of the militia known as the Afghan Local Police late Wednesday in Farah province's Khaki Safed district, said provincial police chief Shamsul Rahman Zahid. They shot a guard who was posted outside, then pushed into the compound and opened fire on those inside, said Abdul Khaliq Noorzai, the district administrator. Another two militia members were dragged outside and shot dead, said Zahid. Four militiamen survived the attack, he said.

#2: A suicide bomber killed two people and injured six others in Kisham district in northern Afghan province of Badakhshan on Thursday, district chief Abdul Salam Paiman said. "A suicide bombing happened next to a girls' school in Kisham district today, killing two people including a civilian and a commander of local police and injuring six others, all civilians," Paiman told Xinhua. He added that the attacker walked towards the police commander namely Nazik Mir, and blew himself up. Meanwhile, Faizul Rahman Ahmadi, the head of health department in Kisham district, said that 17 wounded civilians had been taken to hospital for medical treatment.

#3: At least three security personnel were killed and two others injured in a bomb blast in Pakistan's southwest province of Balochistan on Thursday, reported local Urdu TV channel DAWN. The blast took place at noon in Basht area of Turbet, a city in the southwestern tip of Balochistan.

#4: Afghan defense ministry officials following a press release on Thursday announced, at least 9 Afghan National Army soldiers were killed and injured in various incidents across the country. The source further added, at least 3 Afghan National Army soldiers were killed and 6 others were injured while performing their duties. The statement did not disclose further information regarding the exact location where Afghan National Army soldiers were killed and injured.

#5: In the meantime local security officials in eastern Ghazni province announced at least 6 Taliban militants were killed and injured during military operations in this province. Gen. Wafadar commander of the Afghan National Army for 203 Thunder Battalion said, at least 5 Taliban militants were killed and 1 Taliban militant was injured during the military operation at Khogyani district.

#6: According to local authorities in southern Kandahar province, armed militants shot dead security control chief for 404 Maiwand police commandment in this province. The officials further added, the incident took place around 12:00 pm local time. In the meantime Provincial governor spokesman Jawid Faisal confirming the incident said, unknown militants shot dead a police officer but denied reports suggesting security chief for 404 Maiwand police commandment was killed. But a provincial security official speaking on the condition of anonymity said, the deceased police officer was Yar Mohammad Amiri security control chief for 404 Maiwand police commandment.