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

Tuesday, April 10, 2012

War News for Tuesday, April 10, 2012

The DoD is reporting the death of a U.S. sailor. Constructionman Trevor J. Stanley died from unreported causes in Camp Lemonnier, Djibouti, on Saturday, April 7th. He was supporting Operation Enduring Freedom.

No sign of spring offensive by Taliban, NATO says

Don't Be Afraid of the Dark: What the End of U.S. Night Raids Means for Afghanistan

Pakistan likely to get around 20% more gas from TAPI pipeline project

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Reported security incidents
#1: Police fired at the attackers, killing one. Two others blew themselves up inside the compound, Ahmadi said. He initially reported that eight policemen died but later revised the toll, saying that four policemen were killed and five, including the district commander, were wounded.

#2: Earlier in the day, a group of suicide bombers blew up their truck outside the Guzara district office in Herat province. Two men and a woman wearing a burqa were found dead inside the vehicle that exploded at the gate of the district building where people were waiting to go inside to see government officials about various business matters. Raouf Ahmedi, a spokesman for the police commander of the western region of Afghanistan, said police in the area had received a tip that the black four-wheel-drive vehicle was loaded with explosives. "They were chasing the car and tried to stop it," Ahmedi said. "The vehicle then turned toward the district headquarters building and tried to pass the checkpoint, but police stopped them to be searched and asked where they were going." Moments later the vehicle exploded, causing a loud boom that could be heard a few miles away. "The explosion was so strong - there are casualties among police and civilians," said Nasar Ahmad Popul, the chief of the province's Guzara district who was inside the headquarters at the time of the blast. Ahmedi said 11 people were killed - three policemen who were guarding the district building and seven civilians. Twenty-two others were wounded,

DoD: Staff Sgt. Tyler J. Smith

DoD: Constructionman Trevor J. Stanley

MoD: Corporal Jack Leslie Stanley