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

Thursday, August 2, 2012

War News for Thursday, August 02, 2012

NATO is reporting the deaths of two ISAF soldiers from an IED blast in an undisclosed location in eastern Afghanistan on Wednesday, August 1st.
 
NATO is reporting the death of an ISAF soldier from an IED blast in an undisclosed location in southern Afghanistan on Wednesday, August 1st.
 
NATO is reporting the death of another ISAF soldier from an IED blast in an undisclosed location in southern Afghanistan on Wednesday, August 1st.
 
NATO is reporting the deaths of two ISAF soldiers from an IED blast in an undisclosed location in southern Afghanistan on Thursday, August 2nd.


Reported security incidents
#1: Afghan forces killed five insurgents who were planning to attack Kabul in an early morning gunbattle Thursday just outside of the capital, officials said. Intelligence agents discovered that the insurgents were massing weapons at a compound east of the city and ambushed the men when they returned to the site around 1 a.m. to prepare for the attack, said intelligence agency spokesman Latifullah Mashal. A gunbattle broke out and some of the insurgents blew themselves up with explosives, while others grabbed guns and fought back against the intelligence agents. The gunbattle lasted until a few hours after dawn, when the last insurgents were killed, Mashal said.

#2: Five civilians were killed by militants in Logar province 60 km south of Afghan capital of Kabul, a provincial government spokesman said Thursday. "A total of 10 civilians were kidnapped by militants two weeks ago in Logar but the bullet-riddle bodies of five were found in Shash-Qala area of Charkh district late on Wednesday," spokesman Din Mohammad Darwish told Xinhua. The militants kidnapped them in charges of working for government and the NATO-led forces, he said.


#3: According to local authorities in eastern Logar province of Afghanistan, at least five people including two Afghan national police officers were killed following an explosion in this province. The officials further added the incident took place on Wednesday evening during the fast breaking period at Pul-e-Alam district, killing two Afghan police officers and three Afghan civilians. Provincial governor spokesman Din Mohammad Darwish confirming the report said the incident took place after explosives planted near a water pipeline went off on Wednesday evening. Mr. Darwish further added at least two Afghan police officers were injured along with two other civilians following the blast.











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