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 16, 2012

War News for Saturday, June 16, 2012

NATO is reporting the death of an ISAF soldier from an insurgent attack in an undisclosed location in eastern Afghanistan on Friday, June 15th.

NATO is reporting the death of an ISAF soldier from an insurgent attack in an undisclosed location in southern Afghanistan on Friday, June 15th.

Reported security incidents
#1: At least 15 killed and dozens more injured after bomb explodes in Landi Kotal, near border with Afghanistan. Fifteen people have been killed after a car bomb exploded in a crowded bazaar in north-west Pakistan, according to government officials. The car bomb was detonated in Landi Kotal, a town in northwest tribal region of Khyber near the border with Afghanistan. Officials said 35 others were wounded in the attack and a number of shops and vehicles also badly damaged. Security officials said the target appeared to be a tribal leader allied with the government against the Pakistani Taliban, Reuters said, and warned that the death toll could rise.

#2: Afghan officials say three police officers have been killed in a roadside bombing in southern Afghanistan. Uruzgan provincial government spokesman Abdullah Himmat says the blast occurred on Friday night before in the province's Chinarto district. He says one other officer was wounded in the explosion.

#3: Afghan police backed by NATO-led troops have killed 18 armed anti-government militants over the past 24 hours across the country, Interior Ministry said in a press release Saturday. "The national police with the support of army and the coalition forces have killed 18 militants in Badakhshan, Helmand, Logar, Khost and Paktiya provinces over the past 24 hours,"the press release said.

#4: Afghan defense ministry following a statement on Tuesday announced at least 10 Afghan national army soldiers were killed or injured during the past 24 hours. The statement further added at least 3 Afghan national army soldiers were killed and 7 others were injured in militants attack and improvised explosive device attacks in southern and eastern Afghanistan. The incidents took place in Nuristan, Paktia, Logar, Ghazni and Helmand provinces of Afghanistan.

#5: According to local authorities in eastern Paktika province at least 34 insurgents were killed following military operations in this province. The officials further added the operations were conducted on Thursday and Friday in 4 different districts of eastern Paktika province.

MoD: Lance Corporal James Ashworth