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

Saturday, July 7, 2012

War News for Saturday, July 07, 2012

NATO is reporting the death of an ISAF soldier from a non-combat related injury in an undisclosed location in southern Afghanistan on Friday, July 6th.

US designates Afghanistan as major ally: Clinton   what a joke -- whisker

Afghan Conflict Losing Air Power as U.S. Pulls Out

Corruption in Afghanistan still a problem as international donors meet

Reported security incidents
#1: Police investigative director Gullab Khan said a civilian vehicle on Saturday hit the bomb on a road in southern Uruzgan province, killing six and wounding one. He had no other details.

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#2: In the western province of Farah, officials said one civilian was killed and another 27 people were wounded when three rockets were fired at the governor's office. Mohammad Ghaws Milyar, who is deputy provincial police chief, said that a motorcycle bomb detonated outside the building in Farah city at the same time.

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#3: A US drone attack has killed at least 12 suspected militants in Pakistan's north-western tribal area, Pakistani security officials say. They say drones fired five missiles at a village east of Miranshah, the main town in North Waziristan.

At least 21 people were killed in two US drone strikes on Friday night in Pakistan's northwest tribal area of North Waziristan. Local Urdu TV channel Dunya reported that US drones fired two missiles at a suspected militant hideout in Datta Khel, North Waziristan at about 9:00 p.m. local time, killing at least five people and destroying the house. Later, US drones reportedly fired four missiles at the local rescuers, killing another 16 on the spot.

#3: Meanwhile, in an attack in the south-east of the country, gunmen on motorcycles opened fire on a bus, killing 18 people. According to AFP news agency, the drones targeted the village of Datta Khel, which is considered to be a stronghold of Taliban commander Hafiz Gul Bahadur. The attack took place when the bus, which was travelling to Iran, stopped at a shop in the Kech area, police told Reuters news agency.

#4: Kabul (BNA) Firing rockets by Pakistan military to Kunar province continues. Reports reaching to BNA say that three rockets fired from Pakistan hit Dangam and Khas Kunar districts but caused no loss. Mohammad Gul Malik said that one rockets slammed at 7:30am local time killing few buffalos. On Monday 13 more rockets also slammed in to Kunar province injuring a child, locals said. Kunar governor Fazal Hadi Wahidi told BNA that four people have been killed and 17 others sustained injured due rockets firing from Pakistan over the past three months.

#5: According to local authorities in western Herat province of Afghanistan, at least 7 Taliban militants were killed or injured following clashes among the Taliban fighters in Obe district. The officials further added the clashes took place late Friday evening following disputes over distribution of money which was collected from the local residents. A spokesman for Afghan police forces in western Afghanistan Abdul Rauf Ahmadi said at least 4 Taliban fighters were killed and 3 others were injured during the clashes. Mr. Ahmadi further added Afghan civilians and security forces have not suffered any casualties.

#6: 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.