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 14, 2012

War News for Saturday, July 14, 2012

NATO is reporting the death of an ISAF soldier from an insurgent attack in an undisclosed location in eastern Afghanistan on Saturday, July 14th.

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Reported security incidents
#1:  A suicide bomber killed a prominent anti-Taliban politician and 22 other guests at a wedding reception in the northern Afghan province of Samangan on Saturday, officials said. The bomber blew himself up as he hugged lawmaker Ahmad Khan Samangani, who was celebrating his daughter's marriage, police said. The blast also killed the provincial intelligence chief and a senior police commander. Samangani was close to Uzbek warlord Abdul Rashid Dostum, and commanded thousands of men in the area. The Uzbeks are part of an uneasy coalition of minority tribes that fight the Taliban in their area.

#2: Afghan security forces during series of operations across the country have killed 40 anti-government militants and arrested 28 over the past 24 hours, Interior Ministry said in a statement released here on Saturday. "During series of operations conducted in Bamyan, Baghlan, Kandahar, Zabul, Logar, Ghazni, Paktiya, Herat and Helmand provinces over the past 24 hours, 40 armed insurgents have been killed and 28 others arrested by Afghan National Police," the statement added.

#3: According to local authorities in southern Kandahar province, unknown gunmen assassinated security chief for 15th district in southern Kandahar city on Saturday. The officials further added the incident took place around 9 am local time at Deh-Khwaja area in Kandahar city while Misteri Rahmatullah security chief for 15th district of southern Kandahar city was on his way towards his work place.

#3: In the meantime local security officials in Kandahar province announced at least 6 people including three Afghan civilians and three Taliban militants were killed at Shahwali-Kot district. Provincial police chief Gen. Abdul Razaq said militants murdered three Afghan civilians for supporting the Afghan government in Boji area last night.

#4: According to local authorities in western Herat province, Shindand district mayor was shot dead by Taliban militants on Friday night. A local government official speaking on the condition of anonymity said Abdul Salam mayor of Shindand district was killed in front of his residential house by Taliban militants.

#5: An Italian armored vehicle was hit by a roadside bomb in Afghanistan but escaped unscathed with 3 soldiers only slightly bruised. The event occurred yesterday evening a few kilometres from the Italian base 'Lavaredo' near Shindand, headquarters for Task Force Centre.