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

Friday, August 3, 2012

War News for Friday, August 03, 2012

Reported security incidents
#1: An Australian special forces soldier shot in the leg earlier this week will resume duties in Afghanistan in a few days. The digger received a ricochet gunshot wound to his lower left leg on Tuesday when the the Special Operations Task Group and Afghan security forces came under small arms fire from insurgents.

#2: A Task Force North convoy supported by Italy's Caserta eigth regiment infantry soldiers was involved in a blast caused by two rudimental devices (ied) in the Bala Mourghab area, in Afghanistan. The convoy was going to assist a US unit who had remained stranded because of an accident. Two Italian soldiers have been wounded and a third one has been injured. The convoy was also hit by automatic gunshots. Italian infantry soldiers responded in a swift and firm way. The blast occurred last night at 11.30 pm local time.

#3: A member of the Ghor provincial assembly was killed along with his guard in an improvised explosive device blast in Chaghcharan on Thursday. Hayatullah Baig, member of the Ghor provincial assembly, and his guard were killed while two more guards were injured when the vehicle they were travelling in struck an IED in Taqi Taimur area in the provincial capital Chaghcharan, the Ghor Governor Dr Abdullah Haiwad told the Afghan Islamic Press (AIP).

#4: The local police on the directives of their commander killed 11 innocent Pashtun civilians in Khas Uruzgan district in Uruzgan province yesterday, an official said Thursday. The Uruzgan provincial assembly chairman, Muhammad Ibrahim Akhunzada told the Afghan Islamic Press the local police on the orders of their Hazara ethnic commander, Shujaee, killed 11 Pashtun civilians in Matakzo area in Khas Uruzgan district yesterday. He said the local police commander had been backed by the foreign troops, adding the area people had complained to the authorities concerned about his misconduct time and again.

DoD: Lance Cpl. Curtis J. Duarte

DoD: Spc. Kyle B. McClain