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

Saturday, September 1, 2012

War News for Saturday, September 01, 2012

NATO is reporting the deaths of two ISAF soldiers from an insurgent attack somewhere in Ghazni province, Afghanistan on Saturday, September 1st.

Reported security incidents
#1: At least four people were killed and two others injured on Saturday morning when a U.S. drone launched attacks in Pakistan's northwestern tribal region of North Waziristan, local media reported. According to local Urdu TV channel Geo News, the U.S. pilotless plane attacked a suspected house in the Datta Khel area of North Waziristan, Pakistan's restive tribal region bordering Afghanistan. The drone fired four missiles at the house located in the Daigan village of Datta Khel area, local media quoted intelligence sources as saying.

#2: two suicide bombings rocked Sayidabad district in Wardak province with Maidan Shar its capital 30 km west of Afghan capital Kabul on Saturday, leaving 14 people including two attackers dead and injuring 69 others. The bloody attacks took place at 06:15 a.m. local time near the gate of the district headquarters and next to the police department, damaging several shops and houses around, the Wardak provincial administration said in a statement released to media outlets. "Eight civilians and four policemen were martyred in the double suicide bombings," the statement added. Those received injuries in the deadly bombings include 47 civilians, seven police personnel, three personnel of intelligence agency and two soldiers with the NATO-led International Security Assistance Force (ISAF), according to the statement. Taliban militants, according to eye witnesses, first detonated one of the suicide bombers and when the people gathered to rescue the victims, the second blast happened adding to the number of casualties.