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 21, 2012

War News for Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Afghans to spy on own troops to stop ‘insider’ attacks

Reported security incidents
#1: The plane belonging to the chairman of the U.S. joint chiefs of staff was apparently attacked by insurgents in Afghanistan Tuesday. Militants fired rockets at the Bagram Airfield outside Kabul, and shrapnel hit U.S. Army Gen. Martin Dempsey’s C-17 military plane, according to NATO officials. Dempsey was not in the plane at the time of the attack. Several members of the maintenance crew sustained minor injuries. A helicopter was also damaged. “The Chairman was in his room at the time of the incident and was unharmed,” said Maj. Lori Hodge, a spokeswoman for NATO forces. “Due to some exterior damage to Gen. Dempsey’s aircraft, he left Afghanistan on a different military plane.” Officials say indirect hits from such rocket attacks on the airfield are not uncommon and they do not suspect that the plane was targeted because it belonged to Dempsey.

#2: A civilian was killed and 12 others including three children injured when a car bomb targeted a paramilitary convoy Tuesday in the southwestern Pakistani city of Quetta, officials said. The explosives-packed car went off after vehicles of the paramilitary Frontier Corps (FC) passed, FC spokesman Murtaza Baig told AFP. “The militants targeted two vehicles of FC but the remote-control device exploded after our convoy had passed the parked car,” he said

#3: According to local authorities in eastern Paktiya province of Afghanistan, the vehicles convoy of Amanullah Khan Zadran, advisor to president Hamid Karzai struck with a roadside bomb near the central city of Paktiya province on Monday. Provincial governor spokesman for Paktiya, Rohullah Samoon confirming the report said, “Mriza Ali Zadran, brother of Amanullah Khan Zadran, his uncle and his nephew were killed following the blast.” Mr. Samoon further added no one else was injured or killed following the incident. The incident took place early Monday morning around 8:30 am local time at Miland village near the central city of Gardez.

DoD: Staff Sgt. Gregory T. Copes

DoD: Hospital Corpsman Petty Officer 1st Class Darrel L. Enos

DoD: Chief Warrant Officer Brian D. Hornsby

DoD: Chief Warrant Officer Suresh N. A. Krause

DoD: Explosive Ordnance Disposal Petty Officer Technician 1st Class Sean P. Carson

DoD: Special Warfare Operator Petty Officer 1st Class Patrick D. Feeks

DoD: Sgt. Richard A. Essex

DoD:  Sgt. Luis A. Oliver Galbreath

DoD: Special Warfare Operator Petty Officer 2nd Class David J. Warsen


Cervantes said...

They can't even clear enough of a perimeter around Bagram to stop mortar attacks -- and they're trying to gain control of the entire country. Ridiculous.

rob said...

They can't even clear enough of a perimeter around Bagram to stop mortar attacks -- and they're trying to gain control of the entire country. Ridiculous.

my thoughts exactly.