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

Monday, June 11, 2012

War News for Monday, June 11, 2012

The DoD is reporting the death of a sailor. Master Chief Petty Officer Richard J. Kessler Jr. was found deceased in his berthing compartment on board USS Enterprise on Friday, June 8th. He was supporting Operation Enduring Freedom.
NATO is reporting the death of an ISAF soldier from an insurgent attack in an undisclosed location in southern Afghanistan on Sunday, June 10th.

France to withdraw troops from France next month

The Taliban’s New Strategy

Reported security incidents
#1: Three bus passengers were killed and 12 others injured when a bomb planted in a parked motorbike exploded in Pakistan's insurgency-hit province of Baluchistan on Monday, officials said. The motorbike fitted with explosives had been left on the road linking the provincial capital Quetta with Iran, senior government official Naseebullah Bazai told AFP. The incident happened near Dreengar town in Mastung district, about 40 kilometres (25 miles) south of Quetta. "Three people were killed and a dozen others were wounded. It was a remote-controlled bomb," Bazai said, adding that the bus was badly damaged. "The target of the attack was not immediately clear," he said.
#2: The Afghan Interior Ministry says an ambulance struck a roadside bomb, killing a pregnant woman who was being rushed to the hospital and four of her family members. The statement says the ambulance was driving on a road Monday in the northern province of Sar-e-Pul when it hit the buried explosive. It says the dead included two women and two children.

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#3: Meanwhile, an official says another 4 civilians were killed in an attack in the east. Ghazni provincial spokesman Fazel Ahmad Sabawon says two women and two children died when a mortar fired by insurgents hit their home. He says the militants appeared to be aiming for a government building nearby, but missed their target. He says the incident happened in Ghazni province's Gilan district.           

#4: Four Taliban militants lost their lives as their bomb went off prematurely in Afghanistan 's Paktika province, 155 km south of capital Kabul, Sunday night, spokesman for the provincial administration Mukhlis Afghan said Monday. "Four Taliban insurgents were busy in planting a bomb on a road in Jani Khil district last night to target security forces but the device went off prematurely killing all the four on the spot," Afghan told Xinhua. Three of the dead insurgents are Pakistani nationals, he added.

#5: Up to 33 Taliban insurgents have been killed in military operations carried out by the Afghan force and NATO-led coalition troops within the past 24 hours, the Afghan Interior Ministry said on Sunday morning. "Afghan police, army and coalition forces launched 10 joint cleanup operations in Kabul, Laghman, Parwan, Helmand, Uruzgan and Farah provinces, killing 33 armed Taliban insurgents over the past 24 hours," the ministry said in a statement.

#6: According to local authorities in eastern Kunar province district intelligence, national directorate for security (NDS) chief for Dangam was shot dead by unknowng gunmen on Tuesday. Provincial governor spokesman Wasifullah Wasif confirming the report said Dangam district NDS chief Hajji Ghulam Habib was assassinated by unknown gunmen today. Mr. Wasif further addded he was shot dead by unknown gunmen while he was meeting a local civilian.

#7: According to local authorities in northern Kunduz province at least 3 people including an Afghan child was killed following an explosion in this province. The incident took place late Monday afternoon in Imam Sahib district. Imam Sahib district chief Imanuddin Quraishi confirming the report said the incident took place inside a house where suspected militants were busy to manufacture improvised explosive device. Mr. Quraishi further added an Afghan kid along with 2 suspected militants were killed following the incident.

Fr/MoD: l’adjudant-chef Thierry Serrat

Fr/MoD:  le maréchal des logis-chef Stéphane Prudhom

Fr/MoD:  le maréchal des logis Pierre-Olivier Lumineau

Fr/MoD: le brigadier Yoann Marcillan

DoD: Cpl. Anthony R. Servin

DoD: Pfc. Brandon D. Goodine

DoD: Master Chief Petty Officer Richard J. Kessler Jr.


dancewater said...

The headline at the source does say "France to withdraw troops from France" but they meant to say "France to withdraw troops from Afghanistan".

dancewater said...

They are following the Vietnam playbook on this one - 1,000 "advisers" this year, next year 3,000 "advisers" and then some group of the "advisers" or some ship will get attacked (or they will make shit up, like the Gulf of Tonkin)and then WE ARE AT FULL BLOWN WAR AGAIN.

3,000 soldiers to serve in Africa next year

They will be teaching the local how to better kill people and destroy stuff, because that is what our military does for the global domination of multinational corporations.

Oh, and so some evil shits can make a lot of profit.

The article would have you believe we are sending in a group of Boy Scouts or Peace Corps.

dancewater said...

OOOOHHHHH>>>>>> isn't this sweet? They are going to stop dropping bombs on desperately poor people living in mud huts, unless they need to for "self-defense". I guess prior to this they did it for fun and giggles. I am also guessing that if NATO WAS OUT OF AFGHANISTAN then they would not need to "defend" themselves from Afghans who are too poor to afford a bicycle.

NATO limits airstrikes on Afghan homes

By Heidi Vogt and Rahim Faiez - The Associated Press
Posted : Monday Jun 11, 2012 11:34:00 EDT

KABUL, Afghanistan — The U.S.-led military coalition in Afghanistan is limiting airstrikes against houses to self-defense for troops, following a strike last week that killed women and children alongside insurgents, a spokesman for the alliance said Monday.

Such airstrikes are now being designated a weapon of last resort to rescue soldiers, cutting back their use.

dancewater said...

"Though airstrikes on homes are a small part of the international operations in Afghanistan, they have brewed resentment among Afghans, even when there are no casualties, because of the sense that homes and privacy have been violated."

I think we should drop a few bombs on occupied American homes and see if we end up with "NO CASUALTIES". And, of course, since Americans are reasonable and sane peoples, there would be no resentment from such an action, unlike the crazy Afghan people.

dancewater said...

"A pact signed by the Afghan government and the U.S. military in April putting Afghans in charge of joint raids in villages was supposed to ease these tensions, but the aftermath of Wednesday's airstrike against a home in eastern Afghanistan has shown that the Americans are still making the decisions on the ground."

That's easy to explain - the US military lied then and they are lying now.

dancewater said...

and today's liar is: Lt. Col. Jimmie Cummings.

Cervantes said...

Negotiations to reopen NATO supply routes from Pakistan collapse.

Anonymous said...

Isn't that what happened on 9/11? Only it happened to something much larger than just a few occupied homes. And I don't recall there being anyone firing at the planes to have the taliban kill all of those innocent people.

dancewater said...

There was no bombings on 9-1-01. They flew airplanes into buildings.

And the Taliban had NOTHING to do with that. It was a criminal gang called AL QAEDA that claimed they did those criminal acts that day.

Keep in mind that the CIA started al Qaeda and got them going. Maybe not a very bright idea????

And 9-1-01 is the ONE AND ONLY DAY in my lifetime where the US needed the US military to protect them. AND THE US MILITARY COULD NOT EVEN PROTECT THE PENTAGON!!!


Anonymous said...

Let's just hope that you don't ever need any of them. Oh wait! They would still help you. Because that's what they do. You shouldn't take it out on our soldiers. You really should put ALL of your anger towards the government if that's how you feel. Let me ask you a question. Are you one of the protesters from Westboro?

dancewater said...

"Let's just hope that you don't ever need any of them."

Actually, our country did need the military on 9-1-01 and the military could not even protect the Pentagon.

And obviously, I am not part of the Westboro protesters.

dancewater said...

AND, as I said on the last thread:

And I mainly blame the politicians and the American people for all this evil.