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

Tuesday, July 10, 2012

War News for Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Reported security incidents
#1: Later in the day (Monday), three suicide bombers riding in a three-wheeled vehicle blew themselves up in Kandahar city, said Kandahar provincial spokesman Ahmad Jawed Faisal. Then nearly a dozen other suicide attackers tried to storm the police headquarters in Kandahar, but they failed to enter the compound, Faisal said. The incident was still being investigated, but Faisal said authorities suspect that the three attackers in the vehicle, a form of miniature pickup known as a Zaranj, were headed toward police headquarters when their explosives detonated prematurely. Three policemen and two children were killed in the attack. Another 18 police and 12 civilians were wounded. A total of 14 suicide attackers, who fired at police for about two hours from several directions, blew themselves up or were shot and killed by police, Kandahar officials said.

#2: Militants also attacked a police headquarters building in Shibirghan, the capital of Jawzjan province in the relatively peaceful north. Provincial governor Mohammad Aleem Saaie said a suicide bomber on a bicycle blew himself up near the headquarters. No one died, but he said 26 people were wounded, including two policemen, a doctor and a prosecutor.

#3: A remote control explosion occurred on Nasirbagh Road at Juma Khan Kalay in the outskirt on Tuesday here, however no loss of life took place, Geo News reported. The militants had planted explosives on the roadside to target the convoy of Tehsildar Mulla Gori of Khyber Agency, which was exploded through remote control, when the convoy had fortunately passed by from there. The blast damaged a vehicle partially. However no loss of life occurred.

#4: Afghan security forces and NATO-led coalition troops have killed 28 Taliban insurgents and detained 31 others during 10 cleanup operations within the past 24 hours, the country's Interior Ministry said Tuesday morning. "The Afghan National Police (ANP), army and coalition forces carried out 10 cleanup operations in Kunar, Baghlan, Samangan, Kunduz, Kandahar, Uruzgan, Zabul, Ghazni, Khost and Helmand provinces, killing 28 armed Taliban insurgents and detaining 31 other suspects throughout the past 24 hours," the ministry said in a statement.

#5: In another joint operation, the Afghan army and police killed five Taliban insurgents, including two Pakistani militants, in the Gullul area of Ab Band district in eastern Ghazni province earlier Tuesday, an army spokesman in the province, Hahkimullah Stanikzai, told Xinhua. He said one injured militant was captured during the on-going operation.

#6: According to local authorities in eastern Paktiya and Nuristan provinces of Afghanistan local residents resisted against hundreds of Taliban militants and forced to pull back from these provinces. Paktiya deputy provincial governor Abdul Rahman Mangal said around 400 Taliban militants attacked Mirazka district in this province early Monday morning around 2 am. Mr. Mangal further added the assailant militants wanted to destroy district compound however Afghan security forces backed by local residents resisted the Taliban fighters. He also said Taliban militants have left the district and at least 1 Afghan police and 2 Taliban militants were killed following clashes.

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