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 25, 2012

War News for Wednesday, July 25, 2012

The DoD is reporting the death os a U.S. Sailor. PO2 Class Michael J. Brodsky died from an IED blast in Kandahar province on Saturday, July 21st.

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Reported security incidents
#1: Up to 13 Taliban insurgents have been killed and 33 captured in six cleanup operations carried out by Afghan police, army and the NATO-led coalition forces within the past 24 hours, the Afghan Interior Ministry said Wednesday. "The joint operations were conducted in Nuristan, Zabul, Wardak, Logar, Ghazni and Herat provinces and two other armed insurgents were wounded during the above raids," the ministry said in a statement providing morning operational updates to the media.

#2: A total of seven children were killed when a bomb, initially planted by insurgents to target security forces, went off in western Ghor province Tuesday afternoon.

#3: Defence ministry on Tuesday claimed that two anti-government gunmen were killed and seven Afghan soldiers were wounded during separate engagements and bomb attacks over the past 24 hours. Soldiers of Afghan National Army killed two gunmen and detained six others during an operation in Chahardara district of northern Kunduz province yesterday, the defence ministry said in a statement. adding seven ANA troops were wounded in separate gun and bomb attacks in Kandahar, Kunar and Helmand provinces.

#4: Twenty Afghan guards for the NATO led Australian forces have defected to the Taliban in southern Afghanistan after a dispute with the soldiers, local police say. "The Australian soldiers beat the Afghan guards after some verbal disputes in a military camp in Charchino district of Oruzgan province," district police chief Wali Dad said on Wednesday. The angry guards set the security towers on fire and defected to the Taliban, taking weapons and ammunition, he said. The defection occurred two days after a police chief and 12 of his men took weapons and joined the Taliban in western Farah province.

DoD: Petty Officer 2nd Class Michael J. Brodsky

DoD: Pfc. Julian L. Colvin

DoD: Staff Sgt. Richard L. Berry

DoD: Sgt. Eric E. Williams