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

Tuesday, September 11, 2012

War News for Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Reported security incidents
#1: Three members of the Afghan National Security Forces have been killed after a helicopter was hit by munitions fired into Bagram Airfield, a NATO official said Tuesday. Four rounds landed in the airfield on Monday around 10 p.m., said Lt. Col Hagen Messer, a spokesman for NATO's International Security Assistance Force (ISAF). One of the rounds struck an ISAF helicopter, killing the three Afghan troops and wounding two ISAF service members, Messer said. ISAF is not yet able to confirm the type of the rounds or whether they were rockets or mortars, said Messer.

#2: At least five people were killed and eight others injured Tuesday afternoon in an explosion in a meeting of tribal elders in western Afghan province of Herat, a provincial official said.

#3: A suicide bomb blast rocked western Herat province of Afghanistan on Tuesday. The incident took place in Keshk-e-Kohna district. A spokesman for the Afghan police forces Abdul Rauf Ahmadi said a local police commander was killed following the blast. Mr. Ahmadi further added the incident took place in Keshk-e-Kohna district market after a suicide bomber detonated his explosives while the local police commander Arbab Abdul Hakim was visiting the market.

MoD: Sergeant Lee Paul Davidson