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

Wednesday, September 26, 2012

War News for Wednesday, September 26, 2012

NATO is reporting the deaths of two ISAF soldiers from an insurgent attack in an undisclosed location in eastern Afghanistan on Wednesday, September 26th. News reports that a suicide car bomb followed by small a arms fire and rocket attack on a patrol defusing a bomb on the side of a road in lager province killed two NATO soldiers.

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Training Afghan Allies, With Guard Firmly Up

Reported security incidents
#1: Gunmen shot dead a senior official of the Geological Survey of Pakistan on Wednesday in an apparent sectarian attack in the troubled southwestern province of Baluchistan, police said. Mohsin Ali Naqvi, a member of the minority Shiite community, was gunned down outside his office in Quetta, the Baluchistan capital, Mohammed Ayaz, a senior police official, told AFP.

#2: At least four Afghan civilians were injured in a bomb blast Tuesday morning in the west of Kabul city, local officials said. A bomb exploded near a market in the Mahtab Qala area of Kabul at around 10:50AM local time, injuring at least four people, officials said.

#3: Two NATO containers were targeted by militants in Ghunja Douri area of Mastung district on Tuesday. Armed miscreants opened fire at two NATO containers going to Karachi from Quetta due to which a container overturned. However, no casualty, injury or loss otherwise has been reported.

#4: Six labourers of Frontier Works Organisation (FWO) went missing on Tuesday from Inzar Cheena area of Shakai, in South Waziristan Agency.  Sources said, unidentified miscreants kidnapped the FWO workers from Inzar Cheena and their whereabouts were still not known. The Shakai area is inhabited by the Wazir tribe where Taliban commander Maulvi Nazir has sway.

#5: Afghan police backed by army and the NATO-led forces have killed 40 Taliban fighters and captured 13 others over the past 24 hours, Interior Ministry said in a statement released here on Wednesday. "The units of Afghan National Police backed by the army and the NATO-led Coalition Forces launched seven joint cleanup operations in Laghman, Kunduz, Faryab, Kandahar, Zabul, Paktika and Herat provinces over the past 24 hours during which 40 armed Taliban rebels have been killed and 13 others made captive," the statement contended. However, it did not reveal if there were any casualties on the security forces.

MoD: Captain Carl Manley

News: Civ. Ms. Jeni Ayris