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 10, 2012

War News for Thursday, May 10, 2012

Afghan Refugee Children Perish in Harsh Winter

Reported security incidents
#1: A wounded Huntsville solider is on his way home from Afghanistan and you can show your support for him this week. Sgt. Colin Erwin is with the 203rd MP Alabama Army National Guard. He was working as a contractor supporting the Army when the gym he was in took a direct hit from mortar fire. Sgt. Erwin's mother said her son suffered injuries to the torso and right leg.

#2: A double bomb attack has injured nine people in Pakistan's northwestern town of Akora Khattak. Officials said police and journalists were among the injured in the twin blasts on May 9 at the tomb of a Pashtun nationalist leader, Ajmal Khattak. Officials said that after a first bomb went off, a second explosion hit police and journalists who had gone to the scene. Officials said five policemen and four local journalists were among the wounded.
#3: Three policemen and four militants were killed Thursday morning when militants launched an attack on police checkpoints in YahyaKhil district of eastern Paktika province, a provincial police source said. "Four militants armed with suicide vests and weapons stormed police checkpoints around the Yahyakhil administrative district office building at about 8 a.m. local time Thursday and the attackers intended to target the compound," provincial police chief Daulat Khan told Xinhua. He said all attackers were killed as police repelled the attack and no government employees or civilians were injured during the fight near the compound.

#4: At least four policemen were injured when a blast hit their vehicle in Pakistan's southwest city of Quetta on Thursday morning, reported local Urdu TV channel Dunya.

At least one policeman was killed and three others were injured when a bomb hit their vehicle in Pakistan's southwest city of Quetta on Thursday morning, reported local Urdu TV channel Dunya. The attack took place at about 10:00 a.m. local time when a roadside bomb hit a police vehicle patrolling on the Qambrani Road of Quetta, capital city of Balochistan province in southwest Pakistan, injuring four policemen on the spot, local media reported.

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