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

Saturday, December 1, 2012

War News for Saturday, December 01, 2012

German troops close 2 bases in northern Afghanistan

Reported security incidents
#1: Three Taliban militants were killed in a gun battle in the eastern province of Nuristan on Saturday, provincial police chief Ghulam Mohammad Nuristani said. “A group of Taliban rebels raided police checkpoint in Barg-e- Matal district this morning and police returned fire killing three rebels on the spot and forcing others to flee,” Nuristani told Xinhua, adding there were no casualties on police. Meanwhile, Zabihullah Mujahid who claims to speak for the Taliban outfit told media by telephone from unknown location that two Taliban fighters and two police were killed in the gun battle.

#2: The Interior Ministry said 24 Taliban were killed in various security operations across in eastern Kunar and central Uruzgan provinces. A statement from the ministry said that in the last 24-hour military operations conducted by Afghan military troops and the International Security and Assistance Forces (ISAF) in Kunduz, Jawzjan, Kandahar provinces. Seven militants were killed and three other injured in these operations and security forces also seized heavy and light weapons plus three motorcycles. While another 11 militants were killed in Kunar when ISAF carried out an air strike. Kunar province chief Brig Gen Euoz Muhammad Nazeri said the militants attacked Afghan National Army and ISAF convoys, and in retaliation the international troops carried out air attacks, killing 11 militants. Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid said two militants were killed in the clash and their fighters destroyed two ISAF army vehicles. Meanwhile, security forces shot dead six Taliban militants in Charchino district in central Uruzgan province on Friday morning.

#3: An unmanned aircraft belonging to the International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) crashed in the southeastern province of Paktika, the multinational troops said on Saturday. The aircraft crashed on Friday in a remote part of Zarghun Shahar district of the province due to a mechanical failure and was later intentionally destroyed by the coalition troops, said an ISAF statement.

#4: At least four people were killed and three others injured as U.S. drones fired two missiles at a house suspected of being a militant hideout in Pakistan's northwest tribal area of South Waziristan on Saturday, reported local media Geo.

#5: A suicide car bomb that rocked Deh Rawad district in Uruzgan province 370 km south of Kabul left three civilians dead and injured four others on Saturday, police said. "A terrorist equipped with suicide vest and driving a car blew himself up next to a police van in a bazaar in Deh Rawad district at around 04:00 p.m. local time killing three civilians including two children on the spot, and injured four more civilians," provincial police spokesman Farid Ayel told Xinhua. There were no casualties on police, he contended.