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

Thursday, May 3, 2012

War News for Thursday, May 03, 2012

The DoD is reporting what appears to be a new death previously unreported by the military. Capt. Bruce K. Clark died from unreported causes in Tarin Kowt, Uruzgan province, Afghanistan on Tuesday, May 1st.

Afghanistan security deal Obama signed has holes

Taliban dismiss US-Afghan pact as ‘illegitimate’

No permanent bases, no offensives launched from Afghanistan: Crocker

US-Afghan pact 'does not rule out drone strikes'

Fallout of Bin Laden Raid: Aid Groups in Pakistan Are Suspect

Reported security incidents
#1: Two bomb attacks killed at least five people in Pakistan's lawless tribal badlands on the Afghan border Thursday, officials said. The first attack killed two pro-government tribal elders in Chamarkand village, 45 km (28 miles) northwest of Khar, the main town of in Bajaur district at around 8.30am (0330 GMT), local government official Tariq Khan told AFP. The second bomb exploded 10 min. later after security forces arrived and began a search operation to find the culprits, Khan said. “Two paramilitary soldiers and one tribal policeman were killed in the second bomb blast,” he said. Another government official, Adalat Khan, confirmed the bombings and casualties.

#2: Afghan forces have killed 20 Taliban militants in Farah province in western Afghanistan over the past three days, police said Thursday. "Afghan security forces including police and army launched a major offensive against Taliban militants in Khak-e-Safid district on Tuesday and so far 20 insurgents have been killed," police chief of the province Mohammad Ghous Malyar told Xinhua. Five security personnel including two police and three soldiers have been wounded, he added.

#3: At least 6 militants were killed following joint military operations by Afghan and coalition security forces in eastern regions of the country during the past 24 hours, ISAF announced. According to a press release issued by International Security Assistance Force at least 3 insurgents were killed by Afghan national police forces in Pul-E Alam district after receiving small arms fire. The source further added a coalition airstrike killed two insurgents in Ghaziabad district of eastern Kunar province after Afghan National Army soldiers and coalition ground forces received small arms fire. In a separate operation Afghan National Army soldiers killed one insurgent in response to small arms fire in Chak district at Maidan Wardak province.

DoD: Sgt. Nicholas M. Dickhut

DoD: Capt. Bruce K. Clark