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, November 1, 2012

War News for Thursday, November 01, 2012

NATO is reporting the death of an ISAF soldier from a non-combat related injury in an undisclosed location in southern Afghanistan on Wednesday, October 31st.

Reported security incidents
#1: updated -  Women and children were among 11 civilians killed during two separate explosions in Musa Qala district of southern Helmand province on Wednesday. The Ministry of Interior in a statement said the blast took place at around 9 am in Dizar area of district, when a Corolla car struck a roadside bomb, killing eight civilians and injuring two others. He said the first blast took place in Dizar area, killing 10 civilians, including four children and three women. In the second explosion in Kunjak area, a motorcycle struck a roadside bomb, killing a child and injuring a woman, two children and a man.

#2: Two women were killed and three others critically injured in a landmine blast in Balochistan province’s Dera Bugti district, FP News desk reported on Thursday. The five women were travelling on foot when the landmine exploded. The two women died on spot, whereas, the three injured women were shifted to Sui Hospital where they were reported to be in a critical condition

#3: Security forces operations against Taliban militants in Afghanistan's southern Kandahar province, the former stronghold of Taliban militants 450 km south of capital city Kabul, have left two dozen militants dead over the past two weeks, deputy to provincial police chief said Thursday. "Twenty four Taliban rebels have been killed during series of operations over the past two weeks elsewhere in Kandahar province," Rahmatullah Atrafi told a press conference here.

#4: According to local authorities in eastern Ghazni province of Afghanistan, the dead bodies of two individuals beheaded by unknown gunmen were recovered by local authorities in Andar district. Faizanullah Faizan, a coordinator for the local uprising forces in Ghazni province said the two individuals were killed by unknown gunmen on Wednesday night. Mr. Faizan further added the dead bodies of the two individuals were found in Band-e-Sarda area in Andar district.

MoD: Lieutenant Edward Drummond-Baxter

MoD: Lance Corporal Siddhanta Kunwar