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

Monday, July 30, 2012

War News for Monday, July 30, 2012

NATO is reporting the death of a USFOR-A soldier from a non-combat related injury in an undisclosed location in northern Afghanistan on Friday, July 27th.
NATO is reporting the deaths of two ISAF soldiers from an insurgent attack in an undisclosed location in western Afghanistan on Sunday, July 29th.

NATO supplies remain suspended

Afghan forces deaths outstrip Nato’s 5-1

U.S. Fund to Rebuild Afghanistan Is Criticized

Reported security incidents
#1: Missiles fired from a US drone killed at least four militants in Pakistan's restive tribal northwest on Sunday, security officials said. The missiles struck a compound in Khushhali Turikhel village of the troubled North Waziristan tribal district on the Afghan border. "US drones fired six missiles into a militant compound. At least four militants were killed," a security official told AFP.

#2: Afghan police have killed 17 Taliban militants and wounded five others across the country over the past 24 hours, Interior Ministry said in a statement on Monday. "Afghan National Police backed by army and the NATO-led coalition forces launched seven operations in Nangarhar, Kandahar, Logar, Khost and Helmand provinces over the past 24 hours during which 17 Taliban were killed, five wounded and two others were arrested," the statement said. However, it did not say if there were any casualties on security forces.

#3: Four Afghan National Army (ANA) soldiers were killed and six more injured in separate violence-related incidents in various parts of the country over the past 24 hours, the Ministry of Defence said Sunday. A defence ministry press release stated the ANA soldiers suffered casualties in attack and blasts of the enemy in Paktika, Logar and Kandahar provinces over the past 24 hours. The press release said 11 armed opponents were killed and one was held along with five weapons during joint operation in Gilan district in Ghazni province.

#5: Insurgents shot and killed a government official in eastern Afghanistan on Sunday, Afghan officials said. The Wardak Province governor’s office said in a statement that the head of volatile Chak district was driving to his office when gunmen overtook his car. They shot both Mohammad Ismail Wafa and his adult son. The son was wounded.

#6: A provincial judge was killed and four civilians were wounded in a bomb blast at a mosque in southern Uruzgan province on Monday morning. The incident happened in Tarin Kowt, the provincial capital of Uruzgan. The judge was identified as Taj Mohammad, provincial police chief Farid Hayeel said. "A bomb had been placed inside the mosque," Mr Hayeel said.

#7: A woman and four minors were injured when a mortar round allegedly fired by the armed opponents hit a house in Zerok district in Paktika province Sunday.

#8: According to Afghan security officials, an Afghan parliament member representing southern Kandahar province survived a life attempt attack by unknown gunmen. An Afghan security official speaking on the condition of anonymity said Abdul Rahim Ayoubi Afghan MP survived an attack at Kolola Pushta area in capital Kabul Sunday night. The source further added former provincial security chief of southern Uruzgan province Juma Gul Hemat was also accompanying him when the incident took place. He was slightly injured following the incident. In the meantime Afghan parliament member Abdul Rahim Ayoubi quoted by local Benawa News Agency confirmed the report and said he escaped the attack unharmed.

DoD: Pfc. Theodore M. Glende

GEO. MoD: Corporal Givi Pantsuala