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

Monday, November 12, 2012

War News for Monday, November 12, 2012

The British MoD is reporting the death of a British ISAF soldier from an insider attack by small arms fire/gunshot wounds at Forward Operating Base Shawqat in the Nad 'Ali district, Helmand province, Afghanistan on Sunday, November 11th. Here’s the ISAF release.
NATO is reporting the death of a USF-A soldier from an IED blast in an undisclosed location in southern Afghanistan on Sunday, November 11th.
NATO is reporting the death of an ISAF soldier from an insurgent attack in an undisclosed location in eastern Afghanistan on Monday, November 12th.

Reported security incidents
#1: “Four civilians were killed in Nez Naarai village, in Shawal area of South Waziristan, when Afghan forces fired mortar shells from across the border,” a security official based in Peshawar told AFP. A second security official said the victims were collecting wood and were hit by the mortar shells as they loaded it into a vehicle.

#2: A would-be suicide bomber was killed and another injured in an exchange of fire with police in Assadabad, capital of eastern Afghan province of Kunar, on Monday, provincial police chief Awaz Mohammad Nazari said. "Two suicide bombers equipped with suicide vests and pistols were attempting to target police in Assadabad city at around 08:30 a.m. local time but police identified and opened fire at them, killing one on the spot and injuring another," Nazari told Xinhua. A police officer was slightly injured during clash, he admitted.

DoD: Spc. Daniel L. Carlson

DoD: Kenneth W. Bennett