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 22, 2012

War News for Friday, June 22, 2012

3 S.C. Guard soldiers killed, 5 injured in Afghanistan suicide bombing

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Reported security incidents
#1: Two New Zealanders were among a team of Red Cross staff caught up in a failed bombing attempt in Afghanistan. The New Zealand Red Cross said two of its members were shaken but unharmed when an explosive on a motorcycle failed to detonate properly outside a hospital in Kandahar yesterday. The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) said staff were arriving at the hospital to begin their shift when "a small explosive went off in the grounds of the Mirwais Hospital".

#2: Taliban militants attacked a hotel near Kabul on Friday and seized dozens of hostages, sparking a fierce gunbattle with Afghan and NATO troops that left at least 26 people dead, authorities said. The militants killed 15 civilians, a police officer and three security guards during the 11-hour standoff, Kabul police chief Ayoub Salangi said. In return, authorities killed all seven militants, he said. Earlier, the police chief had said that there were five militants.

#3-4: At least four people were killed and 42 others injured in two separate blasts that hit Pakistan almost simultaneously on Thursday evening. Sources in Peshawar, the largest city in northwest Pakistan, told Xinhua over phone that at least three people including two children were killed and 24 others injured when a blast hit near a shrine in the Hazar Khawani area of the city at about 6:30 p.m. local time. The bomb, which contained an estimated 10 to 12 kg of explosives, were fixed in a donkey cart parking nearby the shrine, said bomb disposal squad officials. Almost at the same time, another blast took place near a mosque in Pakistan's southwest city of Quetta, leaving at least one killed and 18 others wounded, said Hashim Gillzai, Deputy Commission of Quetta, adding that the bomb was fixed on a bicycle parking near a mosque in the Ghosabad area of the city.

News: Civ. Tom Boyle

DoD: 1st Lt. Ryan D. Rawl

DoD: Sgt. 1st Class Matthew B. Thomas

DoD: Spc. John D. Meador II