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 17, 2012

War News for Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Death penalty for Afghan soldier who killed French troops

NATO oil supply delayed

U.S. Navy ship fires at small boat in Persian Gulf

In Afghan village, fears that government can't provide after Americans leave

Reported security incidents
#1: Gunmen opened fire on a UN vehicle in Karachi Tuesday, wounding a driver and a foreign doctor working on a polio immunisation campaign, officials said. Local police said two young Afghan men opened fire on the vehicle in the Soharb Goth neighbourhood of eastern Karachi. “A foreigner was wounded critically while his driver sustained superficial wounds,” senior police official Shahid Hayat told AFP. Police said the foreign doctor had been travelling to a polio vaccination camp, when the vehicle was attacked.

#2: At least 12 militants were killed in the engagement between security forces and Taliban insurgents in Shah Walikot district of Kandahar early Monday, according to Jawed Faisal, the spokesman for the provincial administration. There were no casualties on the security forces, the official said. Taliban militants made no comment yet. Three Afghan soldiers were also killed by unknown people in the eastern Nuristan province in early hours of Monday, head of provincial council Anayatullah Mazhabyar said.

#3: According to local authorities in eastern Nuristan province heavy clashes took place between Taliban militants and Afghan security forces in Wama district in this province. Provincial governor spokesman Mohammad Zarin confirming the report said the clashes started around 12:00 local time on Tuesday after Afghan security forces ambushed a number of armed militants in Terinik area which is the bordering region between Nuristan and Kunar province. The militants were looking to ambush the vehicle of Nuristan provincial governor. Mr. Zarin further added an Afghan police officer was killed and two others were injured following the clashes. However he said there were no reports regarding militants casualties. He also said clashes between armed militants and Afghan security forces were also reported at Kordar area around 5:00 am local time this morning. Mohammad Zarin said Tamim Nurstani had travelled to the area for the inauguration of Kordar-Noorgeram highway and was ambushed by armed militants.

#4: According to local authorities in southern Helmand province, an heavy explosion took place at Sangin district on Monday evening. Provincial governor spokesman Daud Ahmadi confirming the report said the incident took place after explosives packed in a motorcycle went off after evening prayers in this province. Mr. Ahmadi further added preliminary reports shows at least one Afghan police officer was killed and 8 others were injured. He said three Afghan police officers, one Afghan national army officer and four Afghan civilians were injured. The main target of the explosion was local Afghan security officials. No group including the Taliban have so far claimed responsibility behind the incident.