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

Tuesday, November 6, 2012

War News for Tuesday, November 06, 2012

Shenandoah soldier killed in Afghanistan

Reported security incidents
#1: In central Maidan Wardak, a rebel leader was killed along with five associates in an airstrike by foreign troops in Chak district on Sunday night, the governor's spokesman said.

#2: Elsewhere in the province, two workers of the attorney office and telecommunication department were shot injured by gunmen in the Deh Muslim village of Nirkh district.

#3: In southern Ghazni province, two insurgent commanders and as many Pakistani rebels were killed during infighting in Ander district, Intelligence Director Amir Shah Sadat said.

#4: One teacher was killed and another injured when unidentified gunmen opened fire on a vehicle in the Surkhrod district of eastern Nangarhar province on Sunday night, said the education department spokesman, Asif Shinwari.

#5: A policeman and two attackers were killed in an exchange of fire between near Shamshato check post in Peshawar Tuesday, FP News desk reported. According to police, two parties were having a clash and exchange of fire in the vicinity of Armar police station near Shamshato check post when the police intervened.

#6: Afghan forces and the NATO-led coalition troops have killed up to 15 Taliban militants in different operations within the last 24 hours, the Afghan Ministry of Interior Affairs said Tuesday morning. "Afghan National Police (ANP) supporting by army and the NATO- led coalition troops have killed 15 armed Taliban insurgents in 12 cleanup operations in Laghman, Kapisa, Kandahar, Zabul, Uruzgan, Maidan Wardak, Logar, Ghazni and Khost provinces within the past 24 hours," the ministry said in a statement.

#7: A heavy explosion rocked northern Baghlan province of Afghanistan early Tuesday morning. According to reports the incident took place in Central Baghlan district at the Sugar Factory City after an improvised explosive device planted on a roadside went off. He said only one municipality worker was critically injured following the blast and was taken to hospital for treatment purposes.

DoD: Staff Sgt. Dain T. Venne

DoD:  Spc. Ryan P. Jayne

DoD: Spc. Brett E. Gornewicz