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

Wednesday, May 9, 2012

War News for Wednesday, May 09, 2012

Separately, Afghan President Hamid Karzai spoke on the phone Tuesday to relatives of civilians killed in Nato airstrikes that he says run the risk of turning the recently signed US-Afghan partnership agreement into a “meaningless” document.

Pakistan army says US scapegoating

Military operation in North Waziristan imminent

IEDs targeting Pakistan

Bomber in Plot on U.S. Airliner Is Said to Be a Double Agent

Nuclear Inspector Dies in Iran Crash

Reported security incidents
#1: Five police officers were killed after their patrol vehicle hit a roadside bomb in the Khak-e Sefid district in the western province of Farah late Tuesday, Ghulam Gawas Malayar, the deputy provincial police chief told Press TV. Another policeman was wounded in the incident, he said.

#2: Separately, a roadside bomb followed by a gun attack injured a provincial education director and killed four Education Ministry employees as well as a bodyguard in the eastern Paktika province. Two other Afghan police officers also were killed in an ambush by Taliban militants in a bazaar near the city of Pul-e-Alam in the eastern Logar province on Tuesday.

#3: Din Mohammad Darwesh, a spokesman for the governor of Logar province in the east, says two policemen were killed Tuesday when Taliban militants ambushed them in a bazaar near the provincial capital of Pul-e-Alam.

#4:  In the meantime an Afghan intelligence official was killed by Taliban militants at Qalat city in eastern Zabul province. A spokesman for the Taliban group Qari Yousuf Ahmadi said Habibullah Afghan NDS official was killed by Taliban fighters.

#5: According to local security officials in eastern Paktika province, two Afghan national army soldiers were injured following roadside bomb explosion in this province. A spokesman for 203 Thunder Afghan army brigade said the incident took place between Orgun and central Sharana city.

DoD: Staff Sgt. Thomas K. Fogarty

DoD: 2nd Lt. David E. Rylander

DoD: Spc. Junot M. L. Cochilus


dancewater said...

Children killed in NATO led bombing

picture of two of the children at the link

dancewater said...

Iraq Court acts to free suspect in raid on US troops in Iraq

As they well should, since fighting to rid your homeland of foreign invaders and foreign occupiers is not a crime.