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

Wednesday, July 11, 2012

War News for Wednesday, July 11, 2012

NATO is reporting the death of an ISAF soldier from an IED blast in an undisclosed location in southern Afghanistan on Wednesday, July 11th.

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Reported security incidents
#1: Up to 12 Taliban insurgents have been killed and 20 detained in military operations in nine Afghan provinces within the past 24 hours, the country's Interior Ministry said Wednesday morning. "Afghan police, army and NATO-led coalition forces launched nine joint cleanup operations in Kunar, Balkh, Kandahar, Zabul, Uruzgan, Ghazni, Khost, Farah and Helmand provinces, killing 12 armed Taliban insurgents and detaining 20 suspected armed men throughout the 24 hours," the ministry said in a statement providing daily operational updates to media. They also found and seized weapons, the statement said, without saying if there were any casualties on the side of security forces.

#2: Two Afghan security personnel were killed and five more injured in separate incidents in Pakiya province Tuesday. An explosion hit Afghan security forces near a checkpost on Zurmat highway in Gardez City, the Paktiya Governor's spokesman, Roofullah Samoon told the Afghan Islamic Press. He added a cop was killed while a policeman and three ANA soldiers were injured in the blast.

#3: In a separate incident, Samoon said an ANA soldier was killed and another injured in gunfight with Taliban in Teera Kotal area on Kabul-Gardez highway. He said he did not have information about casualties to Taliban. The Taliban have not said anything in this regard till filling of this report.