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, October 4, 2012

War News for Thursday, October 04, 2012

NATO is reporting the death of an ISAF soldier from a non-combat related injury blast in an undisclosed location in southern Afghanistan on Thursday, October 4th.

Reported security incidents
#1: Up to 30 Taliban militants, including five local leaders, have been killed in a six-day operation in the eastern Afghan province of Wardak, the NATO-led coalition forces confirmed on Thursday. "Dozens of Afghan soldiers and police, supported by coalition special operations forces, concluded a six-day operation against insurgent networks in the Chak district, Wardak province yesterday, " the coalition or International Security Assistance Force said in a press release issued here. "One Afghan soldier was killed during the operation and one civilian was injured by insurgent small-arms fire. Members of the combined force provided immediate assistance and transported the victim to a medical facility for further treatment," the press release said.

#2: According to local authorities in eastern Nuristan province of Afghanistan, more than 400 Taliban militants are preparing to carry out a deadly attack against the Afghan security forces in Kamdish district in this province.

DoD: Sgt. 1st Class Aaron A. Henderson

DoD: Sgt. Thomas J. Butler IV

DoD: Sgt. Jeremy F. Hardison

DoD: Sgt. Donna R. Johnson