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

Thursday, September 6, 2012

War News for Thursday, September 06, 2012

NATO is reporting the deaths of two ISAF soldiers from a helicopter crash in an undisclosed location in eastern Afghanistan, on Wednesday, September 5th.

U.S. to Retain Role as a Jailer in Afghanistan

Libyan Alleges Waterboarding by C.I.A., Report Says

Afghan Army take security lead in 5 districts of Baghlan

Thousands Afghans Surge to Join Afghan Army to Shoot Americans -- (This is just too true just not to be meant as a satirical writing. whisker )

Reported security incidents
#1: Afghan police during series of operations have killed 38 Taliban fighters over the past 24 hours, Interior Ministry said in a statement released here Thursday. "Units of national police backed the army and the NATO-led troops conducted seven cleanup operations in different provinces including the capital Kabul and Taliban former stronghold Kandahar over the past 24 hours during which 38 Taliban rebels were killed," the statement added. Eight more Taliban fighters were injured and 15 others made captive, it contended. However, it did not say if there were any casualties on the security forces.

#2: At least 24 Afghan national army soldiers were killed or injured in various incidents across the country during the past 24 hours (posted on 9-5). Afghan defense ministry following a statement announced the national army soldiers were killed or injured in militants attacks and roadside improvised explosive device explosions. The source further added at least four Afghan national army soldiers were killed in Bakwa district of western Farah province, 10 soldiers were injured in Jalrez district of Maidan Wardak province, and 9 other soldiers were injured and another one was killed in Badghis, Nangarhar, Ghazni, Helmand and Uruzgan provinces of Afghanistan.

DoD: Lance Cpl. Alec R. Terwiske