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

Friday, September 21, 2012

War News for Friday, September 21, 2012

NATO is reporting the death of an ISAF soldier from an insurgent attack in a undisclosed location in southern Afghanistan on Thursday, September 20th.

Reported security incidents
#1: An anti-Taliban tribal leader and four members of his family were killed by the Taliban in southern Afghanistan, in the province of Uruzgan. The man, Hajji Qadir, two boys and two women were killed in the attack in the district of Dehrawood, said a spokesman for the provincial governor.

#2: Up to five civilians were killed and seven others injured in a roadside bombing in southern Afghan province of Helmand on Friday, a provincial police spokesman said. "The blast occurred when a civilian vehicle was running along a road in Dahsht area of Naway-e-Barakzai area at around 12:30 p.m. local time and the dead included three adult men and two children, " police spokesman Farid Ahmad Farhang told Xinhua.


Dancewater said...

Soldier's email changes House's Defense Chair Position on Afghanistan

Army Staff Sgt. Matthew Sitton knew there was the threat of casualties when he deployed to Afghanistan for his third tour of duty, but he said he was “totally on board with sacrifice for [his] country.”

What he didn’t agree with, though, was his chain of command, who mandated Sitton’s 25-man platoon to take twice-daily patrols through fields littered with explosive devices. The platoon was averaging an amputee a day, Sitton said, and since the patrols didn’t have an end goal, he didn’t see the point of risking such extreme danger.

Sitton was so concerned with his platoon’s safety and morale that in June, he wrote a measured letter to Rep. C.W. Bill Young, R-Fla., who chairs the House Defense Appropriations Subcommittee.

“I feel myself and my soldiers are being put into unnecessary positions where harm and danger are imminent,” Sitton wrote in an e-mail. ”There is no endstate or purpose for the patrols given to us from our higher chain of command, only that we will be out for a certain time standard.”

“We are walking around aimlessly through grape rows and compounds that are littered with explosives,” he wrote.

On Aug. 2, less than two months after he sent the email, Sitton, 26, was killed by an IED blast. He left behind a wife, a 9-month-old son — and an 81-year-old Congressman with a new perspective on Afghanistan.

Dancewater said...

Bad news:

US to Take Iran Group MEK off terror list

The Obama administration will remove an Iranian militant group formerly allied with Saddam Hussein from the U.S. terrorism list, officials said Friday, describing a move that will infuriate Tehran and end years of high-profile campaigning from the Mujahedeen-e-Khalq.

they kill Americans and now they are our friends.