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

Thursday, June 21, 2012

War News for Thursday, June 21, 2012

NATO is reporting the deaths of three ISAF soldiers from an insurgent attack in an undisclosed location in eastern Afghanistan on Wednesday, June 20th. News reports that a suicide bomber attacked a check point in Khost province killing 3 American soldiers, an Afghan interpreter, two police officers and seventeen civilians and wounding 32 other civilians.

Reported security incidents
#1: A NATO aircraft made a forced landing in eastern Afghanistan on Thursday, causing no casualties, the military alliance said in a statement. "An International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) aircraft made a forced landing in eastern Afghanistan today," and "All personnel on the aircraft were recovered and there were no civilian or ISAF fatalities," the NATO-led ISAF said in the statement.

An American helicopter has crashed in Khost province in southeast Afghanistan, one day after a bomb attack killed 21 people in the province.

#2: Up to 20 Taliban insurgents have been killed in operations carried out by Afghan forces and NATO- led coalition troops within the past 24 hours, the Afghan Interior Ministry said on Thursday morning. "Afghan National Police (ANP), army and Coalition Forces launched 13 cleanup operations in Kabul, Nangarhar, Laghman, Kandahar, Helmand, Zabul, Uruzgan, Logar, Paktia and Farah provinces, killing 20 armed Taliban insurgents over the past 24 hours," the ministry said in a statement providing daily operational updates to media.

#3: According to local authorities in eastern Kunar province at least 21 militants were killed following NATO air raid in this province. Provincial governor spokesman Wasifullah Wasifi confirming the report said the air raid was conducted after coalition forces were engaged by militants at Wata Pur and Mangoi districts.