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

Wednesday, April 25, 2012

War News for Wednesday, April 25, 2012

The Georgian MoD is reporting the death of a Georgian ISAF soldier from an IED blast in Helmand province, Afghanistan presumably on Wednesday, April 25th. Here's the ISAF release.

NATO is reporting the death of an ISAF soldier from an IED blast in an undisclosed location in southern Afghanistan on Tuesday, April 24th.
NATO is reporting the death of an ISAF soldier from a non-combat related injury in an undisclosed location in eastern Afghanistan on Tuesday, April 24th.

Asia Times: A technical knockout in Afghanistan

Canada asked to keep Afghan special ops

Robert Fisk: The Children of Fallujah - Sayef's story

Pakistan tests missile days after India's launch 

Reported security incidents
#1: At least 20 Taliban militants have been killed and four others wounded in military operations across Afghanistan, Press TV reports. The Afghan Interior Ministry announced in a statement on Wednesday that 11 militants were also wounded during the operations in the provinces of Kabul, Kapisa, Helmand, Logar, Kandahar, Ghazni and Paktia within the past 24 hours.

#2: Afghan defense ministry following a statement on Wednesday announced at least 8 Afghan national army soldiers were killed and injured in eastern Ghazni and Herat provinces of Afghanistan. The statement further added, 7 Afghan national army soldiers were killed and injured in eastern Ghazni province and 1 Afghan national army soldier was injured in western Herat province. At least 5 of the Afghan army soldiers were killed and 2 others were injured following an improvised explosive device explosion at Shah Ghasi village in central Ghazni city, officials said. In a separate incident at an Afghan army soldier was injured after militants opened on Afghan soldiers at Shindand district in western Herat province.

#3: A bomb exploded near a luxury train waiting lounge at the main railway station in the eastern Pakistan city of Lahore on Tuesday, killing at least two people, police said. "It was a bomb blast, two people have been killed and 10 injured," senior police officer Abdul Razzaque Cheema told AFP. Rescue official Kiramat Ali described it as a "huge blast" and said 35 wounded had been taken to hospital.

#4: According to local officials in southern Helmand province at least 20 militants were killed following a joint military operation which was launched a week back in Helmand’s Washir district. Provincial governor spokesman Daud Ahmadi said, at least four Taliban leaders including Taliban’s district chief for Washir was also killed during the operations. He also added Taliban’s military representative Mullah Abdullah, Taliban district chief for Washir Mullah Sur Gul, Mawlai Abdul Haq, Mullah Asadullah and Mullah Abdul Khaliq were among those killed during the operations. Local officials also said at least 10 militants were also injured following the military operations in this district. He also said the militants were killed on Monday at Fulad area in Washir district.

DoD: 1st Lt. Jonathan P. Walsh

DoD: Pfc. Michael J. Metcalf

DoD:  Chief Warrant Officer Nicholas S. Johnson

DoD: Chief Warrant Officer Don C. Viray

DoD: Sgt. Chris J. Workman

DoD: Sgt. Dean R. Shaffer

GEO/MoD: Sergeant Valerian Khujadze