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, November 9, 2012

War News for Friday, November 09, 2012

NATO is reporting the death of an ISAF soldier from a non-combat related injuries in an undisclosed location in southern Afghanistan on Friday, November 9th.

Sweden plans phaseout from Afghanistan

Reported security incidents
#1: At least one security personnel was killed and another was injured when militants attacked a security check post in South Waziristan early Friday, security sources confirmed. The attack took place at Toi Khula fort area in the Wana agency headquarters at around 4am (PST) in the morning. The security forces, in the counter attack, killed at least six militants and wounded 13 of them, the security sources claimed.

#2: An IED ripped through an ANA vehicle in Todah Cheena area of Badpakh district at approximately 8:00 a.m. (local time), leaving five troops dead and one more injured, Sarhadi Zawak, spokesman for Laghman governor told the Afghan Islamic Press (AIP). He said the ANA logistic vehicle was on way from Badpakh district after supplying goods to the army.

#3: Meanwhile, a defence ministry press release stated three ANA soldiers were killed and seven more injured in IED strikes and attacks of the armed opponents in Farah, Khost, Helmand and Wardak provinces over the past 24 hours.

#5: Afghan officials say four police officers have been shot dead in southern Helmand province in an insider attack by their colleagues. Mohammad Toryali, police chief of Grish district, says the shooting occurred at a police outpost during a shift change. The officers on duty were killed by four of their colleagues who had arrived to replace them, Toryali said Friday. The killers fled.

#6: Taliban attacked Afghan security escorts of foreign forces in Sabari district of Khost province yesterday, killing two security policemen, an official said Thursday. Besides the death of two guards, a vehicle was also destroyed after the attack in Zambar area, Zar Mueed Mukhlis, governor of Sabari district, told AIP. Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid, however, said their fighters attacked troops of Quick Reaction Force in Sabari district and caused them casualties but they had no precise details.