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 31, 2012

War News for Thursday, May 31, 2012

NATO is reporting an additional death of an ISAF soldier, from this release yesterday, from an insurgent attack in an undisclosed location in southern Afghanistan on Thursday, May 30th.

NATO is reporting the death of an ISAF soldier from an IED attack in an undisclosed location in southern Afghanistan on Friday, May 31th.

U.S. military trainers trickle back into Pakistan

Pakistani military denies U.S. military trainers' back

Reported security incidents
#1: Army Specialist Brett Allan Paige of Manteca is recovering from extensive injuries suffered in Afghanistan. The 2007 Sierra High graduate was wounded May 17 when an improvised explosive device detonated.

#2: A suicide bomber detonated a vehicle full of explosives outside a district police headquarters in southern Afghanistan on Thursday, killing five policemen, a government official said. The attack in Kandahar province's Argistan district also wounded six policemen, said Javid Faisal, the provincial governor's spokesman.

#3: In one attack, in Kunduz province's Dashti Archi district, a roadside bomb struck a vehicle carrying the head of the district's anti-terrorism police force, killing him along with a colleague and a police bodyguard, said district chief Shaik Sadaruddin.

Four people including the anti-terror officer of Dasht-e-Archi district in Kunduz province 250 km north of capital Kabul were killed as their vehicle ran over a roadside bomb Thursday, a local official said. "A mine planted by insurgents struck the vehicle of anti- terror chief of Dasht-e-Archi district at around 08:00 a.m. local time today killing four people including the anti-terror chief and three of his bodyguards," district governor Shikh Sadudin told Xinhua.

#4: A grenade tossed at a police checkpoint in Jalalabad city, capital of Nangarhar province, killed two policemen, said provincial police chief Gen. Abdullah Azim Stanikzai.

#5: Afghan national police have killed a dozen anti-government militants throughout the country over the past 24 hours, Interior Ministry said in a press release on Thursday. "In the operations conducted in several provinces including Kabul and Kandahar, 12 insurgents have been killed and four others arrested," the press release added. However, it did not say if there were any casualties on the police

DoD: Sgt. Julian C. Chase

DoD: Lance Cpl. Steven G. Sutton