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

Tuesday, June 12, 2012

War News for Tuesday, June 12, 2012

U.S. halts supply route talks with Pakistan

State Department, FBI Search for 4 Missing Afghan Women

Afghan heroin trafficker to be sentenced in DC

Reported security incidents
#1: A fresh bomb attack has claimed the lives of three Afghan civilians, including a child, and wounded five police officers in Afghanistan’s northern province of Balkh, officials say. The incident took place on Tuesday when a bomber riding an explosive-laden bicycle targeted a police patrol in a market in Chahar Bolak town, confirmed regional police spokesman Lal Mohammad Ahmadzi.
#2: Earlier the same day, at least five other civilians, including women and children, were killed after a roadside bomb hit a minibus in the central province of Wardak. Provincial government spokesman Sahidullah Shahid said that two people were also wounded in the bomb blast.
#3: A Mesquite soldier was critically wounded in a multiple-grenade attack in Afghanistan. Sgt. Vincent Raila was injured in a grenade attack on June 1.

#4: A suicide bomber targeted an anti-Taliban tribal elder in Peshawar on Tuesday, killing two of his security guards and wounding two others, police said. The attack took place in Bazidkhel village on the outskirts of Peshawar in the Nasir Bagh area on the edge of the city. The presumed target, Muhammad Fahim, who heads a local anti-Taliban militia, was not in the vehicle at the time of the attack and so was not hurt, police said.

#5: According to local authorities in eastern Kunar province two tribal elders were shot dead by Taliban militants at Nari district in this province. The officials further added the two tribal elders were assassinated by militants over espionage charges to Afghan intelligence, National Directorate for security. Nari district chief Haji Gul Zaman confirming the report said the deceased tribal elders Malik Akbar Khan and Mualem Hayatullah were members of the local provincial and development council.

#6: Afghan interior ministry following a press release on Tuesday announced at least 30 Taliban militants were killed following military operations by Afghan national police forces during the past 24 hours. The source further added Afghan national police forces conducted at least 6 military operations during the past 24 hours in cooperation with the Afghan national army, Afghan intelligence forces and coalition security forces. The operations were conducted at Baghlan, Kandahar, Zabul, Logar and Ghazni provinces of Afghanistan, interior ministry officials said.

#7: Afghan defense ministry following a statement on Monday announced at least 15 Afghan national army soldiers were killed or injured following militants attack and improvised explosive device explosion in southern and eastern Afghanistan. The source further added at least 3 Afghan soldiers were killed following insurgents attacks in southern Helmand province and eastern Kunar province and 12 others were injured.