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 18, 2012

War News for Monday, June 18, 2012

NATO is reporting the death of an ISAF soldier from an insurgent attack in an undisclosed location in southern Afghanistan on Monday, June 18th.

Attack on U.S. outpost in Afghanistan worse than originally reported  -- A June 1 attack on a U.S. outpost near the Afghanistan-Pakistan border was much worse than originally disclosed by the military as insurgents pounded the base with a truck bomb, killing two Americans and seriously wounding about three dozen troops, officials acknowledged Saturday.

Suicide bomber kills south Yemen army chief

Reported security incidents
#1: Afghan authorities say a remote-controlled bomb has killed five people in eastern Afghanistan.
Hussain Khan Sanjani, the leader of the provincial council in Kapisa province, says Monday's explosion killed an Afghan local police commander along with his son, two body guards and one civilian. He says 17 other people were wounded in the blast, which occurred around 11 a.m. in a bazaar in Tagab district.

#2: At least four students were killed and many injured by a bomb blast which hit a university bus in the Pakistani province of Balochistan, officials say. Police say the bomb was planted on a vehicle parked in a suburb of the provincial capital, Quetta.

#3: Afghan security forces, backed by the NATO-led coalition troops, have eliminated 15 Taliban insurgents and detained six other within the past 24 hours, the Afghan Interior Ministry said on Monday. "Afghan police, army, NDS or Afghan intelligence agency and Coalition Forces launched 14 joint cleanup operations in Nangarhar, Baghlan, Faryab, Sari Pul, Kandahar, Helmand, Nimroz, Uruzgan and Ghor provinces, killing 15 armed Taliban insurgents and detaining six other suspects over the past 24 hours," the ministry said in a statement providing daily operational updates to media.

DoD: Sgt. Nicholas C. Fredsti

DoD: Sgt. Joseph M. Lilly

DoD: Spc. Trevor A. Pinnick

MoD: Corporal Alex Guy


dancewater said...

Anti-Shiite suicide bombing kills 22 in Iraq

By Mustafa al-Tuwaijri (AFP) – 4 hours ago

BAQUBA, Iraq — A suicide bomber killed 22 people at a Shiite gathering in central Iraq on Monday, officials said, in the latest in a string of attacks against the Shiite majority that has left dozens dead.

The bomber targeted mourners in central Baquba, north of Baghdad, a police colonel said, adding that among the casualties were an army first lieutenant, four police officers and seven other security forces members.

Dr Ahmed Ibrahim at Baquba General Hospital confirmed the facility had received 22 bodies and 50 wounded people.


dancewater said...

Reuters says 26 were killed.