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

Saturday, August 11, 2012

War News for Saturday, August 11, 2012

The British MoD is reporting the death of a British ISAF soldier from an insurgent arrack in the Nad 'Ali district, Helmand province, Afghanistan on presumably on Thursday, August 9th. Here’s the ISAF release.

The British MoD is reporting another death of a British ISAF soldier from an insurgent attack in the Nad-e Ali district, Helmand province, Afghanistan on Friday, August 10th. This was posted yesterday in this NATO release.

NATO is reporting the deaths of three ISAF soldiers from an insurgent attack in an undisclosed location in southern Afghanistan on Friday, August 10th. News reports the an ununiformed Afghani worker shot three special operations Marines at a base in Garmsir district, Helmand province on Friday night.


Marine Captain Matt Manoukian among those killed by Afghan policeman

Taliban reject UN report on civilian casualties

Bomb kills Yemeni officer, al Qaeda suspected


Reported security incidents
#1: Afghan defense ministry following a statement announced, at least 21 Afghan national army soldiers were killed or injured following militants attacks and roadside bomb blasts during the past 24 hours. The source further added, five Afghan soldiers were killed in Kunar, Paktiya, Logar, Maidan Wardak and Herat provinces of Afghanistan while 16 others were injured.

#2: According to local authorities in southern Helmand province of Afghanistan, at least 4 members of the Afghan special forces were killed in this province. Sangin district chief Mohammad Sharif Khan said 4 deceased individuals were members of the special security forces and were killed by a commander of the Afghan police forces. Mr. Khan further added the assailant police commander had invited 4 members of the special security forces in his home as guests and later shot the four individual early Friday morning.

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