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 25, 2012

War News for Monday, June 25, 2012

The Italian Defense ministry is reporting the death or an Italian soldier at a police training base somewhere in western Afghanistan on Monday, June 25th. Two additional soldiers were wounded in the blast. Here's the ISAF release.

NATO is reporting the death of an ISAF soldier from an IED blast in an undisclosed location in southern Afghanistan on Saturday, June 23rd.

NATO is reporting the death of another ISAF soldier from an IED blast in an undisclosed location in southern Afghanistan on Saturday, June 23rd.
 
NATO is reporting the deaths of two ISAF soldiers in a traffic accident in an undisclosed location in southern Afghanistan on Sunday, June 24th.
 
NATO is reporting the death of an ISAF soldier from a non-combat related injury in an undisclosed location in western Afghanistan on Sunday, June 24th.


Lucrative Afghan Oil Deal Was Awarded Properly, Karzai Says

10 al-Qaida members escaped from Yemeni jail in Aden: security official

Reported security incidents
#1: The Pakistan military says militants have killed six troops after crossing into the country from Afghanistan. It also says 11 militants were killed during the fighting Sunday in the northwestern Upper Dir region. Pakistan has complained that militants use parts of Afghanistan for sanctuary from which to stage attacks inside Pakistan. The charge helps Islamabad counter frequent US and NATO complaints that militants behind much of the violence in Afghanistan come from Pakistan.

#2: According to local police officials in southern Helmand province, several Afghan police officers were poisoned in this province. The officials further added the incident took place at a police academy in Lashkargah city on Monday. Provincial governor spokesman Dawood Ahmadi confirming the report said around 40 Afghan police officers were poisoned before lunch time on Monday and were taken to hospital for treatment purposes.

#3: According to local authorities in eastern Ghazni province at least 1 Afghan civilian was killed and another one was injured following an explosion in this province. The incident took place in Ali Lala area in eastern Ghazni city after explosives planted in a cycle went off on Sunday afternoon.

#4: An International Security Assistance Force helicopter made a forced landing in southern Afghanistan yesterday. ISAF is still in the process of assessing the circumstances to determine more facts; however, initial reporting indicates that there was no enemy activity in the area. All crew members have recovered with no reported fatalities and the site of the incident is secure.



IT/DM: Sc. Manuele BRAJ

DoD: Lance Cpl. Eugene C. Mills III


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