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 26, 2012

War News for Saturday, May 26, 2012

The DoD is reporting a new death previously unreported by the military. Petty Officer 1st Class Ryan J. Wilson died in Manama, Bahrain on Sunday, May 20th. from a complications associated with a medical condition. He was supporting Operation Enduring Freedom.

2 NATO soldiers killed in southern and eastern Afghanistan - In a separate statement on Friday ISAF announced, “An International Security Assistance Force service member died following an insurgent attack in eastern Afghanistan today.”

After Guantánamo, Starting Anew, in Quiet Anger

Reported security incidents
#1:  An American drone fired two missiles at a bakery in northwest Pakistan Saturday and killed four suspected militants, officials said, as the U.S. pushed on with its drone campaign despite Pakistani demands to stop. This was the third such strike in the country in less than a week. Two Pakistani intelligence officials said the latest attack took place in Miran Shah, the main town in the North Waziristan tribal region. The officials said the victims were buying goods from a bakery when the missiles hit. Residents were still removing the debris, officials said. All of the dead were foreigners, but the officials did not have any information on their identities or nationalities.

#2: A total of 13 Taliban militants have been killed and 15 other suspects arrested during military raids within the past 24 hours, the Afghan Interior Ministry said Saturday. "Afghan police, army and NATO-led coalition force launched seven joint cleanup operations in Laghman, Kandahar, Zabul, Wardak, Logar, Ghazni and Farah provinces, killing 13 armed Taliban insurgents and detaining 15 others over the past 24 hours," the ministry said in a statement.

#3: In a separate development, five Taliban were killed and four policemen and two soldiers with the NATO-led forces were injured when the joint forces launched an operation in Populzai area of Nahri Sarraj district in the southern Helmand province on Friday, provincial police spokesman Farid Ahmad Farhang told Xinhua on Saturday.

DoD: Petty Officer 1st Class Ryan J. Wilson