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 15, 2012

War News for Friday, June 15, 2012

Reported security incidents
#1: An explosion at a marketplace in southern Afghanistan has reportedly killed at least 11 people and wounded 11 others. A spokesman for the Kandahar governor's office, Jawid Faisal, said the blast occurred on June 15 in the remote southeastern Maroof district of Kandahar Province. Faisal said it appeared the casualties were caused when an explosive device attached to a motorcycle was detonated.

#2: According to local authorities in eastern Nangarhar province at least 3 Afghan national police forces were killed following an improvised explosive device explosion. The officials further added the incident took place at Fateh Abad area in this province. Provincial governor spokesman Ahmad Zia Abdulzai said the incident took place after a vehicle of the Afghan police forces struck with a roadside bomb, killing three Afghan police and injuring another police officer.

#3: According to local authorities in eastern Kunar province, a suicide bomber attacked a military base used by Afghan and coalition security forces in this province. The incident took place on Thursday afternoon at Nari district after a suicide bomber detonated a car packed with explosives near the base. The officials further added at least one Afghan intelligence, National Directorate for security (NDS) official was killed and two other security officials were injured following the attack. Nari district chief Gul Zaman confirming the report said the attack was carried out by two suicide bombers while the local elders had gathered inside the military base to attend a tribal session.

DoD: Cpl. Taylor J. Baune

DoD: Sgt. 1st Class Barett W. McNabb


dancewater said...

Al-Qaida claims wave of Iraq bombs that killed 72

BAGHDAD (AP) - Al-Qaida's affiliate in Iraq has claimed responsibility for a wave of car bombs that targeted Shiite pilgrims this week, killing 72 people in what was one of the deadliest days in the country since American troops withdrew six months ago.

The Islamic State of Iraq posted messages on militant websites saying it was behind the bombings of the annual pilgrimage marking the eighth-century death of Shiite Imam Moussa al-Kadhim. The commemorations culminate on Saturday with hundreds of thousands converging on the Baghdad shrine where al-Kadhim is buried.

Al-Qaida describes the attacks as a "blessed Wednesday invasion" and says they were a blow to the Iraqi government led by a Shiite prime minister in coalition with Sunnis and Kurdish parties. Wednesday's bombs also hit Kurdish political offices and army patrols.

dancewater said...

stinking evil shits....