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 24, 2012

War News for Tuesday, July 24, 2012

NATO is reporting the death of an ISAF soldier from an insurgent attack in undisclosed location in eastern Afghanistan on Monday, July 23rd.

NATO is reporting the death of an ISAF soldier from an insurgent attack in undisclosed location in eastern Afghanistan on Tuesday, July 24th.

Afghan security forces say major hotel attack foiled

Tajik Troops Reported Killed In Special Operation In Gorno-Badakhshan

Spate of attacks kills 107 across Iraq

Iraq Insurgents Kill at Least 100 After Declaring New Offensive

Reported security incidents
#1: The U.S. Embassy and Afghan officials say an American civilian who reportedly worked as an electrical engineer in northern Afghanistan has been killed by gunmen. The U.S. Embassy on Tuesday could not provide further details because of privacy laws, but three Afghan security officials say the man, an electrical engineer working in Afghanistan for about 30 years, was shot Monday by gunmen as he rode in a mini-bus in northern Parwan province. The gunmen, two or three in number, also killed two Afghans, the driver and one of the man’s colleagues, they said.

#2: U.S. drones fired eight missiles at a compound owned by a powerful militant commander in northwest Pakistan on Monday, killing nine suspected insurgents, Pakistani intelligence officials said. It was unclear whether the commander, Sadiq Noor, was at the compound in Dre Nishter village in the North Waziristan tribal area during the attack. Noor is the most important commander for Hafiz Gul Bahadur, a prominent Pakistani militant focused on fighting in Afghanistan. The nine suspected militants who were killed were believed to be Bahadur's fighters, said the intelligence officials, speaking on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to talk to reporters.

#3: Gunmen opened fire on a convoy carrying NATO troop supplies to Afghanistan on Tuesday, killing a driver in the first attack in Pakistan since Islamabad ended its seven-month blockade of the route, a government official said. Gunmen targeted the trucks as they were passing near a bazaar in the town of Jamrud in the Khyber tribal area, said Faraz Khan, a local government official. Jamrud is located very close to Torkham, one of the two crossings used to transport NATO supplies to Afghanistan. In addition to the driver who was killed, a second driver and his assistant were wounded, said Khan.

#4: Three local policemen, including a commander were killed in an improvised explosive device blast in northern Baghlan province on Monday. The local police commander Fazal Haq and his two guards were killed when the vehicle they were travelling in struck an IED on Mazar-i-Sharif highway in Baghe Shamal area in Pule Khumri, the Baghlan police spokesman Ahmad Javed Basharat told the Afghan Islamic Press (AIP). However, an area resident told the AIP that four local policemen, including their commander Fazal Haq were killed in the incident.

#5: Afghan forces and NATO-led coalition or International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) troops have killed 10 insurgents and detained seven others in eastern Afghan region within 24 hours ending on Sunday, the ISAF forces on Monday. "Afghan National Security Forces and coalition forces killed 10 insurgents during a small arms engagement in Alah Say District, in eastern Kpaisa province," the ISAF's Regional Command East (RC-E) said in a statement.

#6: According to local authorities in central Maidan Wardak province of Afghanistan, a number of armed militants attacked Afghan security forces in this province triggering heavy clashes. A local official speaking on the condition of anonymity said armed militants ambushed Afghan security forces in Ismail Khel village at Jalrez district early Tuesday morning. The source further added Afghan security forces conducted an operation in the area to arrest a local Taliban commander in Ismail Khel area at Jalrez district. The militants attacked Afghan security forces from residential houses and gardens, the official said. In the meantime provincial governor Mohammd Halim Fedaye said at least 15 militants were killed during the clashes that started early Tuesday morning in Jalrez district. Mr. Fedaye further added the operations were conducted by Afghan police, Afghan army and Afghan intelligence forces and the clashes are still continuing in the area.

News: Civ. Dave Chamberlain

News: Civ. Marc McGowan

DoD: Staff Sgt. Brandon R. Pepper


dancewater said...

hey, did you notice how the NYT is calling the killers in Iraq "insurgents"???

And they are on the same side as the Syrian "insurgents" who the US government is funding, training, and supporting!!!

I call them, and anyone else who engages in or promotes violence, EVIL SHITS.

And it is a damn shame that any of them ever took a breath.... no matter if they are Saudis, Afghans, Syrians, Iraqis, or Americans.