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 15, 2012

War News for Saturday, September 15, 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 Friday, September 14th. Here’s the ISAF release.

NATO is reporting the deaths of two ISAF soldiers from an insurgent attack in a undisclosed location in southern Afghanistan on Saturday, September 15th.

Reported security incidents
#1: Heavily armed insurgents attacked a British air base in southern Afghanistan Friday, killing two U.S. Marines and wounding several other troops, U.S. officials said. Prince Harry, third in line to the British throne, is stationed at the base on a four-month combat tour. There was no immediate word on his whereabouts at the time of the attack. U.S. officials said the attack at Camp Bastion in Afghanistan’s Helmand province involved a range of insurgent weaponry, possibly including mortars, rockets or rocket-propelled grenades, as well as small-arms fire. A number of aircraft at the base also were hit by insurgent fire, another U.S. official said.

A well-armed squad of attackers hit the installation's airfield with “indirect fire” and small-arms fire at about 10 p.m. Friday, damaging some aircraft and buildings, said a spokesman for NATO’s International Security Assistance Force, or ISAF. Initial reports indicated that about 16 insurgents were killed.

#2: Up to 12 civilians, including 10 children, were killed in a roadside bombing in southern Afghan province of Helmand on Friday, a provincial government spokesman said Saturday morning. "A vehicle touched off a roadside bomb at around 2 p.m. local time in Goband area of Gereshk district and the powerful blast killed 12 innocent civilians," spokesman Daud Ahmadi told Xinhua.