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

Saturday, June 9, 2012

War News for Saturday, June 09, 2012

NATO is reporting the death of an ISAF soldier from a non-combat related injury in an undisclosed location in southern Afghanistan on Friday, June 8th.

NATO is reporting the death of an ISAF soldier in an IED blast in an undisclosed location in eastern Afghanistan on Saturday, June 9th.
NATO is reporting the deaths of four ISAF soldiers from an insurgent attack in an undisclosed location in eastern Afghanistan on Saturday, June 9th. News reports that 4 French soldiers died in Kapisa province possibly by a suicide bomber. Five additional soldiers were wounded in the attack.

Reported security incidents
#1: At least four policemen were killed when undefined gun men opened fire at them here on Saturday morning. According to details, two armed motorcyclists shot at policemen while they were patrolling the railway track in the Sariyab Road area. The firing killed all four policemen on the spot.

#2: Afghan Interior Ministry following a press release on Saturday announced at least 11 Taliban militants were killed following military operations by Afghan police forces during the past 24 hours. The source further added Afghan police forces conducted at least 8 military operations along with the Afghan army, Afghan intelligence and coalition security forces in Helmand, Zabul, Ghazni, Paktika, Herat and Farah provinces of Afghanistan.

#3: In a separate incident two suspected militants were killed while planting roadside improvised explosive device at Marjah district of southern Helmand province. Anti-government armed militant groups yet to comment regarding the reports.

DoD: Capt. Scott P. Pace

DoD: 1st Lt. Mathew G. Fazzari