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

Tuesday, May 8, 2012

War News for Tuesday, May 08, 2012

NATO is reporting the deaths of three ISAF soldiers from an IED blast in an undisclosed location in eastern Afghanistan on Monday, May 7th.

Reported security incidents
#1: Afghan soldiers and NATO - led coalition troops eliminated 22 Taliban militants in an operation in the country's eastern Paktika province Monday night, an Afghan army spokesman said Tuesday. "Afghan National Army (ANA) backed by coalition forces raided a Taliban hiding place in Nike district Monday night, killing 22 armed militants, "army spokesman Ajmal Zhwak said. He said no security force member was injured in the operation in the province, 155 km south of capital Kabul.

#2: Hamid Shakil says two men on a motorcycle opened fire on Shah Nawaz Khan on Tuesday outside his house in Quetta, the capital of Baluchistan province. Khan was deputy head of Baluchistan's Crimes Investigation Department, which works exclusively on cases dealing with terrorism and sectarian violence.

#3: Meanwhile, NATO is still investigating reports of an airstrike in Bala Murghab district of northwestern Badghis province that allegedly killed 14 civilians last Sunday.

#4: According to Afghan defense ministry officials at least 2 Afghan national army soldiers were killed following two separate incidents during the past 24 hours. The officials further added one of the Afghan national army soldier was killed following a roadside bomb explosion at Mohammad Agha district in eastern Logar province and the second soldier was killed at Syedabad district in central-eastern Maidan Wardak province.

#5: In the meantime Afghan interior ministry officials announced Afghan national police forces killed 8 Taliban militants and detained 5 others during joint military operations. Afghan interior ministry officials also added the militants were killed and detained in 4 separate military operations conducted by Afghan police, Afghan army, Afghan intelligence and coalition security forces. The operations were conducted at Kabul, Zabul and Paktia provinces of Afghanistan. Anti-government armed militant groups yet to comment regarding the operations.

DoD: Master Sgt. Gregory L. Childs

DoD: Sgt. John P. Huling