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

Saturday, May 19, 2012

War News for Saturday, May 19, 2012

US 'non-NATO' supply trucks cross Torkham

National Guard (in Federal Status) and Reserve Activated as of May 15, 2012

Reported security incidents
#1: Militants carried out two grenade attacks in Sopore town and Batamaloo area of Kashmir today, leaving seven persons injured, including four policemen. The ultras lobbed a grenade at the Sopore Police Station, 52 km from here, at 9.55 a.m, police said. The grenade exploded at the main gate of the police station, leaving seven persons injured.

#2: In another attack within three hours, the ultras lobbed a grenade at a police picket in the busy Batamaloo area in the city, the police said. The grenade missed the intended target and exploded on the roadside, they said, adding no one was hurt in the incident.

#3: Afghan security forces in conjunction with the NATO-led troops eliminated 11 Taliban militants in Pakitka province 155 km south of capital Kabul on Friday night, spokesman for provincial administration Mukhlis Afghan said on Saturday. "Security forces backed by NATO-led forces' aircrafts raided Taliban hideouts in Sarawza district Friday night killing 11 rebels," Afghan told Xinhua.

#4: A suicide bombing rocked a town in Khost province on Saturday leaving six people including the bomber dead, a local official said.

#5: According to a statement released by Afghan defense ministry, at least 4 Afghan soldiers were killed and 7 others were injured in various incidents across the country during the past 24 hours. The statement further added at least 2 Afghan soldiers were killed at Bala Buluk district of western Farah province while 2 other soldiers were killed in Kapisa and Helmand provinces of Afghanistan. Afghan defense ministry officials also said six Afghan soldiers were injured in Farah province, 2 in southern Helmand province and 1 in eastern Kapisa province.