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 28, 2012

War News for Tuesday, August 28, 2012

NATO is reporting the deaths of two ISAF soldiers from a small arms fire attack from an ANA soldier in an undisclosed location in eastern Afghanistan on Monday, August 27th.

Prosecutors: 'Anarchist' group of U.S. soldiers aimed to overthrow government

Reported security incidents
#1: NATO says one of its helicopters has crashed in eastern Afghanistan. It says no one was killed. Lt. j.g. Amy Hession says the helicopter made a hard landing in the eastern province of Logar late Monday night. She says there were no initial reports of insurgent activity nearby.

#2: A "massive" suicide truck bombing in Afghanistan's southern city of Kandahar killed four civilians and wounded the provincial police chief overnight, authorities said Tuesday. The bombing targeted General Abdul Raziq, the Kandahar provincial police chief, who has a strong anti-Taliban background. Raziq survived the bombing with "minor" injuries to his face, arms and a leg. Faisal said four civilians were killed and about 20 others, mostly civilians and members of the same family, were wounded in the blast. The spokesman described the explosion as "massive, very, very huge". He said the truck bomb was detonated by a suicide attacker as the vehicle of the police chief passed through a neighbourhood in Kandahar city.

#3: Up to 16 Taliban insurgents have been killed during military operations across Afghanistan in the past 24 hours, authorities said Tuesday. "Afghan National Police (ANP), Afghan army and the NATO-led coalition forces launched three joint cleanup operations in Kunar, Logar and Helmand provinces, killing eight armed Taliban insurgents over the past 24 hours," the Interior Ministry said in a statement. The statement didn't say if there were any casualties on the side of security forces. Four militants were detained and two others were injured during the above raids, according to the statement.

#4: In a separate development, eight Taliban militants were killed during a special search operation conducted by the ANP in Yamgan district of Badakhshan province early Tuesday morning, a provincial government spokesman said. Seven injured militants were detained by the police in the northwest province, spokesman Abdul Maruf Rasikh told Xinhua, adding one policeman was killed and another was injured during the raid.

#5: An operation against Taliban militants in the volatile area of the country's northwest on Monday left 36 dead, which included three security personnel and two members of the peace committee, military sources said. Security forces had launched the operation to clear Batwar area of Bajaur of Taliban militants who had crossed over from the neighbouring Kunar province of Afghanistan. At least 31 Taliban militants, three security personnel and two peace committee members were reported killed in the clashes, the sources confided to our sources on Monday. "Most of the area has been cleared of militants," they said. However, the operation was still continuing to evict remaining few militants from the area, the military sources went on to say.

#6: According to local authorities in eastern Ghazni province of Afghanistan, a suicide bomber attacked a funeral ceremony in eastern Ghazni city on Tuesday. The incident took place after a suicide bomber detonated his explosives during a burial ceremony of the father of a provincial intelligence official. Provincial security chief Gen. Mohammad Hussain confirming the report only the suicide bomber was killed and there were no reports of fatalities to civilians and participants of the funeral. Gen. Hussain further added the explosion was followed by gun battle between the assailant militants and Afghan security forces. The militants fled the area later on.