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 16, 2012

War News for Wednesday, May 16, 2012

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Reported security incidents
#1: A suicide attacker was killed before arriving to his target by police of Kandahar security directorate yesterday. Interior ministry press office said to BNA, a suicide attacker wanted to explode his explosive device in the bazaar of Zheri district of Kandahar province was identified by police forces, and came under gun fire and killed.

#2:  An Afghan policeman was killed and five others injured Wednesday in a roadside bombing in northwestern Afghan province of Badghis, a provincial official said. "A roadside bomb was detonated through a remote control device at about 9 a.m. local time along a road in Muqur district when a police convoy was passing by the area," Deputy Provincial Governor Abdul Ghani Sabiri told Xinhua. He said a policeman was killed and five other police officials including district police chief Hajji Syia Khan was injured in the attack.

#3: Separately, three local elders were killed and one other injured Tuesday when a gunman riding a motorcycle opened fire in neighbouring Herat province. "A group of people including several tribal elders were holding a meeting in an open area over a dispute in Shindand district late on Tuesday but the crowd was attacked by a terrorist," a provincial government spokesman Mohiddin Noori told Xinhua on Wednesday.

#4:  A total of 18 Taliban insurgents have been killed in operations launched by Afghan forces and NATO-led coalition troops within the past 24 hours, the Afghan Interior Ministry said Wednesday. "Afghan police, army and NATO-led coalition forces conducted 17 joint cleanup operations in nine provinces across the country over the last 24 hours, killing 18 armed Taliban rebels besides detaining three other suspects,"the ministry said in a statement.

At least 4 Afghan national army soldiers were killed or injured in various incidents at southern Helmand, eastern Paktia and western Herat provinces of Afghanistan during the past 24 hours. According to a statement released by Afghan defense ministry at least 2 Afghan national soldiers were killed following a roadside bomb explosion at eastern Paktia province and another Afghan national army soldier was killed at southern Helmand province. The statement further added another Afghan national army soldier was injured in a separate incident at western Herat province of Afghanistan.

In another development, nine suspected Taliban fighters were killed in an air attack launched by NATO-led forces in Jaji Mangal district of eastern Paktia province overnight, an official said Wednesday. "Nine armed militants were placing Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs) along a road in Jaji Mangal district last night to target security forces but based on intelligence, Afghan forces called in a precision air strike killing all insurgents on the spot,"a spokesman for provincial government Ruhollah Samoon told Xinhua.

According to local authorities in southern Uruzgan province, a tribal elder was shot dead by unknown gunmen in this province. The officials further added the incident took place on Tuesday afternoon at Herawood district after unknown gunmen riding a motorcyle opened fire on Jilani Khan. Provincial security chief spokesman Farid Ayel said tribal elder Jilani Khan was crossing the area along with his son and was killed by unknown gunmen.

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