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 28, 2012

War News for Saturday, July 28, 2012

NATO is reporting the deaths of two ISAF soldiers from a insurgent attack in an undisclosed location in eastern Afghanistan on Saturday, July 28th.


War News for Monday, July 02, 2012
#1: According to local authorities in western Herat province of Afghanistan at least five Afghan national police officers were killed or injured following attacks by Taliban militants in this province. The officials further added the incident took place after a number of armed Taliban militants attacked a mobile phone tower at Zarghoon Pashtun district on Friday night. Provincial security chief Abdul Hamid Hamidi confirming the report said a number of Afghan national police officers were on their way to quit the fire while they were attacked by Taliban militants.  In the meantime a local security official said at least 2 Afghan national police officers were killed at Keshk-e-Rabat district. The source further added the incident took place after an Afghan national police vehicle was attacked by Taliban militants while they were patrolling in the area.

#2: Afghan defense ministry officials following a statement announced, at least 5 Afghan national army soldiers were killed and four others were injured in various incidents across the country during the past 24 hours. The source further added, the Afghan national army soldiers were killed or injured following militants attacks and roadside bomb explosions in Kandahar, Kunar, Maidan Wardak and Logar provinces of Afghanistan.

#3: According to local authorities in Maidan Wardak province of Afghanistan, heavy clashes took place between Afghan security forces, NATO troops and armed militants in Jalrez district. A local security official speaking on the condition of anonymity said the incident took place around 11:00 am local time after an Afghan national army vehicle struck a roadside bomb injuring two Afghan soldiers and one driver. The source further added a convoy of the Afghan national army and NATO troops were attacked by militants while they were on their way from Daimerdad district to Maidan Shahr city.

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