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 24, 2012

War News for Friday, August 24, 2012

The DoD is reporting a new death previously unreported by the military. Sgt. Louis R. Torres died at the Brooke Army Medical Center, San Antonio, Texas on Wednesday, August 22nd. He was wounded from an IED blast attack in in Kandahar, Afghanistan on Monday, August 6th.

Reported security incidents
#1: U.S. missiles slammed into three compounds close to the Afghan border Friday, killing 18 suspected militants, Pakistani officials said, just a day after the government summoned an American diplomat to protest drone strikes in the country's northwest tribal region. The suspected militant hideouts were hit minutes apart. They were located several kilometers (miles) from each other in the North Waziristan tribal area, the main militant sanctuary in Pakistan, said intelligence officials, speaking on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to talk to reporters. The suspected militant hideouts that were attacked Friday in the Shawal area of North Waziristan were each hit by two missiles, said the intelligence officials. Militants often use the hideouts when they are crossing into Afghanistan, the officials said. In addition to the 18 suspected militants who were killed, 14 others were wounded, they said.

#2: Police say insurgents have kidnapped three Afghan soldiers and another man from a bus in eastern Afghanistan and killed all four. Police official Mohammad Zaman says armed militants stopped the bus as it was traveling in Paktia province’s Ahmad Khil district and forced the four men off the vehicle. Provincial deputy police chief Zaman says their bullet-ridden bodies were found lying on a road late Thursday. He said Friday that three of the men were off-duty soldiers who were traveling to see their families. The fourth victim’s identity was unclear.

#3: At least five militants were killed by security forces when Tehrik-i-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) attacked a check-post on Pak-Afghan border in Lower Dir on Friday, DawnNews reported. According to the officials, Tehrik-i-Taliban Pakistan (TTP), attacked Pakistani security forces’ check-post from Afghanistan’s area Ankalsar, Maskini Dara, and Samar Bagh. In another incident, in Upper Orakzai Agency, security forces bombed the militant hideout in the area of Mumzai and killed eight militants.

#4: A roadside bomb killed six civilians, mostly women and children, travelling in a motorised rickshaw in southern Afghanistan on Thursday, police said. "Tragically two women, three children and one man were killed in the explosion" in Spin Boldak district near the border with Pakistan, Kandahar provincial police chief Abdul Razeq told AFP.

#5: Two guards of a logistic convoy of the foreign forces were killed and its 12 vehicles were set ablaze in a Taliban attack in Bakwa district in Farah province Thursday.The Taliban attacked a logistic convoy of the foreign forces in Dasht-i-Bakwa area in Bakwa district, the western zone 606 Ansar zone police spokesman Abdul Rauf Ahmadi told the Afghan Islamic Press (AIP). The logistic convoy of the foreign forces was on way from Herat to Helmand province, he said, adding a private security firm, Arya, was escorting the convoy.He said he did not have information about casualties to Taliban.

#6: Meanwhile, three vehicles of the ISAF were damaged in separate explosions in Parwan, Ghazni and Helmand provinces Thursday.

#7: According to local authorities in eastern Ghazni province of Afghanistan, former provincial governor for Ghazni province Faizanullah Faizan was injured following an attack early Friday morning. Provincial National Directorate of Security NDS chief Syed Amirshah Sadat said, a suicide bomber attacked.

#8: Local authorities in eastern Kunar province of Afghanistan said, at least 30 missiles were fired in Dangam district of eastern Kunar province on Wednesday night. Provincial governor Syed Fazlullah Wahidi confirming the report said the shelling did not incur any casualties to local residents however agricultural fields were damaged.

DoD: Sgt. Louis R. Torres