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

Tuesday, August 14, 2012

War News for Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Panetta: Pakistan military plans to open new front

Reported security incidents
#1: There is heavy fighting between Afghan and Pakistani forces in the eastern Afghan province of Kunar, which borders Pakistan, Afghan officials say. Fighting started at around 0400 (0030 GMT) following an attack on a border police commander's convoy, according to border police sources. According to Afghan officials in Kunar, one border policeman was killed and five were injured. The Afghan authorities have since sent hundreds of troops to the area. The attack was from the Pakistani side of the border in the area of Binshay, Dangam District, Afghan police say. Afghan officials in Kunar province have told the BBC that both sides have been using heavy and small weapons and a Dangam District tribal elder said the fighting was ongoing. The border district of Dangam lies 40km (25 miles) east of the provincial capital.

#2: Two Pakistani nationals were killed in a bomb attack by NATO helicopters near the Afghanistan-Pakistan border in Naushki district on Sunday night. According to Levies Force sources, two people identified as Abdul Rashid and Ghulam Farooq, both residents of Naushki, were on their way home when NATO helicopters fired shells on their vehicle, killing them on the spot. The incident occurred near the Chaghai district. However, a Levies official said, "The incident occurred in Safaar, inside the Afghan territory."

#3: At least 10 people were injured in a bomb blast which took place in the provincial capital on late Monday night. Police said that people were gathered and celebrating Independence Day outside a restaurant in Shahbaz Town when a bomb explosion occurred, injuring 10 persons seriously. Preliminary investigation of bomb disposal squad has suggested that it was hand grenade attack, a senior police officer Asad Nasar said. Some other police sources said that it might be improvised explosive devise explosion.

DoD: Capt. Matthew P. Manoukian

DoD: Gunnery Sgt. Ryan Jeschke

DoD: Staff Sgt. Sky R. Mote

DoD: Staff Sgt. Scott E. Dickinson

DoD: Cpl. Richard A. Rivera Jr.

DoD: Lance Cpl. Gregory T. Buckley


Cervantes said...

Important update: Multiple bomb attacks in Zaranj, Nimroz province kill at least 28 civilians, injure more than 50. The casualty toll is likely to rise, in fact higher death tolls have been reported elsewhere.