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

Friday, July 6, 2012

War News for Friday, July 05, 2012

Border with Pakistan reopened but trucking clogged

Pakistan to scan all NATO containers

Reported security incidents
#1: According to local authorities in Maidan Wardak province of Afghanistan, at least 6 militants were killed or injured following military operation in this province. Dr. Fazal Karim Muslim district chief for Syedabad quoted by a statement released by provincial governor media office said at least 3 militants were killed and 3 others were injured following an airstrike by NATO recently. The statement further added, the militants were attacked while they were planting improvised explosive device at Salar area in Syedabad district during the night time.

#2: Afghan and coalition forces killed eight insurgents, detained four and cleared six improvised explosive devices during operations in eastern Afghanistan throughout the past 24 hours, July 4. NATO-led International Security Assistance Force following a statement announced, Afghan National Security Forces and coalition forces found and safely cleared two IEDs, one in Ab Band district and one in Qarah Bagh district at Ghazni province . Afghan National Army soldiers and coalition forces killed two insurgents and detained three during a small arms engagement in Dehyak district. The source further added, Afghan National Security Forces and coalition forces killed one insurgent during a small arms engagement in Qalandar district of eastern Khowst province Afghan National Security Forces and coalition forces found and safely cleared an IED in Khowst district.