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 23, 2012

War News for Saturday, June 23, 2012

NATO is reporting the death of an ISAF soldier from an insurgent attack in an undisclosed location in southern Afghanistan on Friday, June 22nd.

NATO is reporting the death of another ISAF soldier from an insurgent attack in an undisclosed location in southern Afghanistan on Friday, June 22nd.


Reported security incidents
#1: A soldier and at least five militants were killed in clashes between Taliban fighters and troops in Upper Dir area of northwest Pakistan, officials said today. The militants, who reportedly infiltrated into Pakistani territory from Afghanistan, attacked a security check post in the remote mountainous region of Karakar of Upper Dir district in Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa province yesterday, security officials said. One soldier was killed and several others were injured in the exchange of fire. The Pakistani troops repulsed the attack and killed five militants. The other militants managed to escape, officials said.

#2: An Australian soldier suffered minor injuries after a helicopter made a hard landing during combat support operations in Afghanistan on Friday. The incident involving an Australian Ch-47 Chinook helicopter occurred at the Coalition Force Patrol Base in Kandahar province, while the aircraft was transporting personnel and equipment.

#3: The Afghan police and army, backed by NATO-led coalition troops, have eliminated 11 Taliban insurgents and detained 51 other suspects during 10 cleanup operations within the past 24 hours, the country's Interior Ministry said on Saturday. "The joint operations were conducted in Kabul, Nangarhar, Baghlan, Balkh, Kandahar, Helmand, Zabul, Khost, Paktia and Ghazni provinces during which seven other Taliban insurgents were injured, " the ministry said in a statement.

#4: According to local authorities in eastern Logar province, district police chief for Baraki Barak was killed following militants attack. Provincial governor spokesman Din Mohammad Darwish confirming the report said Baraki Barak district police chief Hazrat Mohammad was killed late Friday evening by Taliban militants in this province. Mr. Darwish further added one of the security guard of Hazrat Mohammad was killed and another one was critically injured following the incident. He also said at least two Taliban militants were killed following the clashes.

#5: According to local authorities in south-eastern Uruzgan province at least 3 Afghan civilians were killed and another civilian was injured following a roadside bomb explosion in this province.
A spokesman for provincial police chief Farid Ayel confirming the report said the incident took place late Friday evening after a civilian vehicle struck with a roadside bomb Chora district, killing 3 civilians and injuring another one.

#6: In a separate incident an Afghan local police officer shot dead another Afghan local officer and injured two others in this province early Saturday morning. Farid Ayel provincial police chief spokesman Farid Ayel said the police officer managed to flee the area after opening fire on his colleagues. A spokesman for the Taliban group Qari Yousuf Ahmadi said the assailant police officer was a Taliban fighter.


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