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 24, 2012

War News for Tuesday, April 24, 2012

The DoD is reporting the death of a Marine previously unreported by the military. Staff Sgt. Joseph H. Fankhauser died in combat operations somewhere in Helmand province, Afghanistan on Sunday, April 22nd.

Gagetown soldiers in Afghanistan may return early

NATO Shows Confidence in Afghan Security Forces

Reported security incidents
#1: Eight Taliban militants have been killed and 15 suspects arrested during cleanup operations in different Afghan provinces within the past 24 hours, the country's Interior Ministry said Tuesday morning. "Afghan National Police (ANP), army, NDS or intelligence agency and Coalition Forces launched six joint cleanup operations in Kabul, Nangarhar, Parwan, Kunduz, Helmand and Logar provinces over the past 24 hours, killing eight armed Taliban insurgents and detaining 15 other suspects,"the ministry said in a statement.
#2: Afghan defense ministry officials following a statement on Tuesday announced at least 4 Afghan national army soldiers were killed and injured in southern Kandahar province. The source further added the incident took place in Shahwalikot district of southern Kandahar province after armed militants opened on Afghan national soldiers killing, at least 1 service member and injuring 3 others.

DoD:  Staff Sgt. Joseph H. Fankhauser


Cervantes said...

David Swanson of War is a Crime (formerly After Downing Street) translates the AP story on the Strategic Partnership Agreement into actual facts. Sample:

AP story: The U.S. and Afghanistan reached a deal Sunday on a long-delayed strategic partnership agreement that ensures Americans will provide military and financial support to the Afghan people for at least a decade beyond 2014, the deadline for most foreign forces to withdraw.

Swanson: By "Afghan people" is meant war lords. Other Afghan people are militarily supported with bullets in the head and financially supported with jobs working for the resistance to the U.S. and NATO forces, but that's about it.

AP: The pact is key to the U.S. exit strategy in Afghanistan because it establishes guidelines for any American forces who remain after the withdrawal deadline and for financial help to the impoverished country and its security forces.

Swanson: So, an agreement to stay for 10 years is necessary for leaving.