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 15, 2012

War News for Saturday, December 15, 2012

NATO is reporting the death of a USFOR-A soldier from non-combat related injuries in an undisclosed location in southern Afghanistan on Thursday, December 14th.

Last French combat troops quit Afghanistan

Karzai wants NATO forces to leave Afghan villages

Soldier killed at Fort Hood after firing at officers

Reported security incidents
#1: Unknown armed men opened fire and set ablaze an oil tanker in Baghlan province 160 km north of Kabul on Saturday, police said. “Unidentified armed men targeted an oil tanker with assault rifle in Dushi district today morning burning the oil tanker,” Deputy to provincial police chief Sayed Zaman Hussaini told Xinhua.

#2: Five Afghan National Army (ANA) soldiers were killed in different areas of country over the past 24 hours, the Ministry of Defence said on Saturday. Four soldiers were killed in the Bala Baluk district of western Farah province and one in the Kajaki district of southern Helmand, a statement from the ministry said. At least one soldier was wounded in the Zherai district of southern Kandahar province. The causalities resulted from a roadside bombing and militant attacks.

#3: Taliban and police claimed inflicting casualties on each other after a clash in Doaab district of Nuristan province Friday. Taliban attacked two police check posts near the headquarters of Doaab district before noon, killing a police commander, Faqir, and wounding two more cops, Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid told Afghan Islamic Press. He said Taliban captured the posts and took with them eight arms and ammunition. Provincial police chief Ghulamullah Nuristani confirmed the attack to AIP but said only two cops were wounded during the clash. He said police returned fire, killing three Taliban, adding no check post fell to Taliban.