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

Friday, October 12, 2012

War News for Friday, October 12, 2012

The Georgian MoD is reporting the death of a Georgian soldier in Afghanistan. The release states few or no details on Corporal Mindia Abashidze death.

MOD statement on arrest of seven Royal Marines

Reported security incidents
#1:  U.S. drones fired four missiles at a compound of a Pakistani militant commander in a northwestern tribal region on Thursday, killing 16 militants. A government administrator in Orakzai region, Salim Khan, said 12 insurgents were also wounded in the drone attack near Biland village bordering the North Waziristan tribal region. Three Pakistani intelligence officials said the dead and wounded men were fighters loyal to militant commander Hafiz Gul Bahadur, who is based in North Waziristan.

#2: The Afghan forces and the NATO-led coalition troops have eliminated six insurgents and captured 18 others in restive eastern Afghan provinces within a 24-hour period, the coalition forces confirmed in a press release issued from Bagram, the main US base in the country, on Friday. The joint forces killed six insurgents during engagements in Nerkh district and Sayyidabad district, Wardak province, 35 km west of Afghan capital Kabul, it said.
#3: According to reports two foreign nationals were abducted by unknown gunmen in central Maidan Wardak province of Afghanistan. A local security official speaking on the condition of anonymity said the two individuals were kidnapped in Syedabad district.

Geo/MoD: Corporal Mindia Abashidze