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 3, 2012

War News for Tuesday, April 03, 2012

The New Zealand DM is reporting the death of a New Zealand ISAF soldier from a non-combat related after an injury at Forward Patrol Base Romero, Bamiyan province, Afghanistan on Tuesday, April 3rd. It is being investigated as a suspected suicide.

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Reported security incidents
#1: The Taliban militants have set fire to a convoy of NATO tankers carrying fuel for US-led foreign forces in southwestern Afghanistan, Press TV reports. Afghan officials said the militants destroyed at least six fuel tankers in an ambush in Dilaram district of Nimruz province late on Monday. This is while the Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid claimed that the militants destroyed nine tankers along with seven escorting vehicles. Dilaram governor Abdul Karim Barahawi said at least four Taliban militants were killed in an airstrike fallowing the attack. A similar ambush last week destroyed five NATO fuel tankers. Dozens of Taliban militants were gunned down in the ensuing clashes.

#2: Four policemen and two civilians were poisoned and killed in a police check point Monday night in Afghanistan's southern Helmand province, a provincial government spokesman said on Tuesday. "Four policemen with Afghan National Police and two civilians were poisoned and killed in a police check point in Panjaw Qala area of Nahri Sarraj district," spokesman Daud Ahmadi told Xinhua. Three policemen in the same check point were also missing, Ahmadi said.

#3: Three policemen were killed and 11 others were missing following an attack launched by Taliban militants in northeastern Afghan province of Badakhshan, a provincial government spokesman said on Tuesday. "An unspecified number of armed militants launched an attack on a police check point in Wardoj district Monday night leaving three policemen with Afghan Border Police dead,"spokesman Abdul Maruf Rasikh told Xinhua. The missing policemen may have been kidnapped by militants in the mountainous province, 315 km northeast of capital Kabul, the spokesman said.

#4: At least four people were killed and 40 others including several policemen injured in exchange of fire between police and protesters of a religious group in northern Pakistani city of Gilgit on Tuesday, local media reported. The clashes broke out when the activists of a Sunni Muslims group protested against detention of its top leader by police on March 28 on suspicion of firing on a rally of Shiite Muslims injuring three people including a soldier earlier last month, local Urdu TV channel Dunya reported.

#5: According to a statement released by NATO-led International Security Assistance Force on Monday, an International Security Assistance Force helicopter made a forced landing in eastern Afghanistan today.