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

Monday, September 10, 2012

War News for Monday, September 10, 2012

The British MoD is reporting the death of a British ISAF soldier from a roadside bombing in the Nahr-e Saraj district, Helmand province, Afghanistan on Sunday, September 9th. Here's the ISAF statement.

Records Missing on Afghan Army Fuel Costs

US hands over Bagram prison to Afghans

Iraq blasts kill 100 as fugitive VP gets death sentence

Reported security incidents
#1: Afghan authorities saidtwo bomb blasts near the governor's compound in a western province have killed a 12-year-old boy and wounded 16 other civilians. Farah provincial spokesman Abdur Rahman Zhuwandai said the bombs were attached to motorcycles parked in two different squares near the governor's office.

#2: At least 10 Taliban militants were killed in an operation in eastern Afghanistan's Laghman province overnight, a provincial government spokesman said Monday morning. "Based on intelligence, an Afghan army and the NATO-led coalition forces unit carried out a search operation in Alishing district Sunday night and the joint forces engaged a group of armed militants in the area," spokesman Sarhadi Zhwak told Xinhua. He said the two sides exchanged fire for quite a long time and several militants fled the area but the fighting left 10 militants dead.
#3: Four Nato troops were injured in a roadside bomb blast in eastern Nangarhar province Monday morning, the Nato media office in eastern Afghanistan told TOLOnews. The blast happened on the Kabul-Jalalabad highway in Nangarhar's provincial capital Jalalabad, the media spokesperson said, but no further details about the incident or the nationality of the soldiers were given. The troops based in Nangarhar province are mainly US forces.

#4: A car bomb exploded at a market in northwest Pakistan on Monday, killing at least 10 people and wounding 45, officials said. The officials said the death toll was likely to climb because many people had been walking along a narrow road beside the market in the town of Parachinar in the Kurram tribal area.
#5: A suicide bombing rocked Kunduz city in northern Kunduz province 250 km north of capital city Kabul on Monday, leaving a dozen people killed and injured, a local official said. "It was a suicide attack which occurred in provincial capital Kunduz city at 03:10 p.m. local time leaving a dozen people including civilians and security personnel dead and injured," the official told Xinhua but declined to give his name, saying authorized officials would brief the media after investigation.

DoD: Chief Warrant Officer 2 Jose L. Montenegro Jr.

DoD: Chief Warrant Officer 2 Thalia S. Ramirez

MoD: Guardsman Karl Whittle


Cervantes said...

Sheesh. If there's one job it ought to be hard to find candidates for it's Al Qaeda #2.