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

Friday, June 1, 2012

War News for Friday, June 01, 2012

UN Says Civilian Death Rate in Afghanistan is Unacceptable 

Australia to take over US Afghan security 

National Guard (in Federal Status) and Reserve Activated as of May 29, 2012

Reported security incidents
#1: A blast was heard in the eastern Afghan city of Khost on Friday and smoke was rising near a NATO base, a Reuters witness and nearby residents said. There was no immediate word on casualties. NATO said it was aware of an incident in the area but it was too early to comment. The Afghan Taliban said its fighters rammed a vehicle packed with large amounts of explosives into the base. A police source said a gun battle was raging near the base and local security forces were not able to get close to the area.

#2: According to local authorities in eastern Kapisa province at least 3 Afghan national army soldiers were injured following a roadside bomb explosion in this province. Provincial security chief spokesman Asadullah Hamidi said, the incident took place on Friday morning at Ghazi Khel area.

#3: In the meantime at least 8 militants were killed and 4 others were injured following clashes between Afghan police forces and armed militants at southern Kandahar province, provincial governor media office said. The incident took place on Thursday night at Shahwali Kot district in this province. Anti-government armed militant groups yet to comment regarding the reports.

#4: According to local authorities in southern Helmand province, Afghan security forces on Thursday shot dead a suicide bomber in this province. The officials further added the, a suicide bomber who had disguised himself in Afghan police uniform was shot dead by Afghan security forces around 10:00 am local time at Nawa district. The suicide bomber was looking to enter a session of the local council and was recognized by Afghan police forces before he reaches his target to carry out suicide attack, officials said.

#5: In the meantime Taliban militants ambushed Afghan police forces at Nawzad district where two militants were killed and one Afghan police officer was injured following the clashes.

DoD: Cpl. Nicholas H. Olivas

DoD: Petty Officer 2nd Class Sean E. Brazas