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 24, 2012

War News for Thursday, May 24, 2012

Explosion kill NATO soldier in southern Afghanistan

US snub to Zardari in Chicago may derail Nato’s Afghan plans

Dr Afridi gets 33 years for helping CIA find bin Laden

Afghan Forces Take over Security In Helmand

Reported security incidents
#1: A US drone strike has killed eight militants in a Taliban stronghold of Pakistan's tribal belt, bringing the death toll from such strikes to 12 in two days, Pakistani officials say. "The drone fired two missiles on a house in Hassokhel town," 25 kilometres east of Miranshah, the main town in North Waziristan, a security official said on Thursday. "At least eight militants have died," a senior military official said in Peshawar, the main city in the northwestern Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province. Two other officials confirmed that the death toll had risen from five to eight.

#2: Ten members of a Dowagiac based National Guard unit were wounded when their convoy was caught in the blasts from two improvised explosive devices Sunday afternoon. Specialist Eric Lund of Ludington got the worst of it, losing both arms and suffering facial injuries. He also suffered back, pelvis and leg wounds. Two others suffered head injuries, probably concussions from the blast. Another vehicle in the unit triggered another IED but the injuries there were less serious. All of the men are members of the 1-126th Cavalry. Capt. Aaron Jenkins, a spokesman for the National Guard says they rolled into a trap, where a smaller bomb is used to bring the convoy to a halt, then a second bigger bomb is detonated remotely when more soldiers are exposed.

#3: Two bullet-riddled bodies were found in Mastung district and the provincial capital on Wednesday.

#4: The Taliban's shadow deputy governor for Nuristan province was killed in an airstike of the International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) in Want Waigal district of Nuristan province Wednesday, officials said. The ISAF aircrafts conducted airstrike on positions of Taliban in Hamshoz area in Want Waigal district, the Nuristan police chief, Ghulamullah told the Afghan Islamic Press (AIP). "The Taliban-designated deputy governor for Nuristan province, Sheikh Jamil-ur-Rehman, and his accomplice commander, Hakim Khan, were killed in the blitz," he added.

DoD: Spc. Arronn D. Fields


dancewater said...

I was in Chicago last weekend, protesting NATO. some photos on my dancewater blog, more photos and stories to come.

Cervantes said...

Hope you said "Hi" to the agents provocateurs.

dancewater said...

I tried to talk and get a smile from the black bloc, but no success with that. The police were friendlier, by a huge margin.

Of course, no telling who in the black bloc is just an immature scared asshole and who is an agent provocateur.