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

Friday, May 25, 2012

War News for Friday, May 25, 2012

NATO soldier killed following roadside bomb explosion - Improvised explosive device explosion kill NATO service member in southern Afghanistan on Thursday.

US Cuts Pakistan Aid

U.S. House reviews overbilling by Afghan contractor

French President in Afghanistan to Meet With Karzai‎

Reported security incidents
#1: Fareed Ayal, a spokesman for the police in Uruzgan province, says a police vehicle hit a roadside mine Friday in Chora district, killing one police inspector and wounding two other policeman.

#2: Daud Ahmadi, a spokesman in Helmand province, says a roadside bomb struck a bus the same day in Gereskh district. Two civilians died and four others were injured. He says the bomb was planted near a NATO supply site in an apparent attempt to target foreign troops.

In Kandahar province, police chief Gen. Abdul Razaq says a suicide bomber on a motorcycle blew himself up in Spin Boldak district Friday, wounding one border policeman and two civilians.
#4: Four Taliban fighters were killed during gunfight in Balkh province Thursday, an official said. The Balkh police chief, Asmatullah Alizai, showed four bodies to reporters and said they were killed in a clash on Tashqurghan-Kunduz highway in Koh-e-Kanda area of Khulm district. He said the dead Taliban also included their commander, Faiz Muhammad alias Faizak. They had planned to attack logistic convoy of the foreign forces on Mazar-e-Sharif-Kabul highway, he added.

DoD: 2nd Lt. Travis A. Morgado