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

Wednesday, June 20, 2012

War News for Wednesday, June 20, 2012

NATO is reporting the death of an ISAF soldier from an insurgent attack in an undisclosed location in southern Afghanistan on Tuesday, June 19th.

US killing of pakistani civilians by drones illegal: UN -- The United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay on Jun 7 said the killing of civilians by the US assassination drones in Pakistan is illegal and in violation of human rights.

Reported security incidents
#1: A suicide bomber has killed at least four civilians in the eastern Afghan province of Khost, officials say. The attacker was targeting a military convoy belonging to Nato-led forces. An Afghan television channel said the blast happened as US troops were carrying out vehicle checks. There are no reports of any military casualties.

#2: Afghan national police in conjunction with the NATO-led troops have eliminated 17 anti- government militants across the country over the past 24 hours, Interior Ministry said in a statement released here on Wednesday. "Units of national police backed by army and the NATO-led coalition force have killed 17 armed rebels in Helmand, Zabul, Ghazni and Khost provinces over the past 24 hours," the statement stressed.

#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. Mr. Wasifi further added Afghan security forces and civilians did not suffer any casualties following the air raid.

#4: International Security Assistance Force in eastern regions of the country on Tuesday confirmed a coalition forces drone crashed in eastern Kunar province. ISAF media office in eastern Afghanistan said the drone crashed on Tuesday morning at Sarkano district in Ganjgal area.

DoD: Pfc. Jarrod A. Lallier


whisker said...

A suicide bomber killed 16 civilians and three foreign troops on patrol in the provincial Afghan capital of Khost on Wednesday, the US embassy and police said, in one of the deadliest attacks for weeks as the Western military prepares to pull out.

Three members of the NATO-led International Security Assistance Force and an Afghan interpreter were killed in Wednesday's bombing, US embassy spokesman Gavin Sundwall said in a statement. (Reuters)