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, December 11, 2012

War News for Tuesday, December 11, 2012

NATO is reporting the death of an ISAF soldier from an IED blast in an undisclosed location in southern Afghanistan on Monday, December 10th.

Pentagon Says Afghan Forces Still Need Assistance

Reported security incidents
#1: Up to seven insurgents have been killed and eight others detained in military operations in eastern Afghan region in a 24-hour time, the NATO-led International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) said Tuesday. "Afghan and coalition forces killed seven insurgents, detained eight, and cleared one improvised explosive device (IED) during operations in eastern Afghanistan throughout the past 24 hours," the ISAF's Regional Command-East (RC-East) said in a statement. Afghan Border Police killed seven insurgents during an engagement in Barge-E Matal district, Nuristan province 180 km east of Kabul, it said.

#2: Two mine planters killed in Kandahar province yesterday. According to national defense ministry press office, two armed militants wanted to place a mine in the outskirts of Zheri district of that province, the mine exploded and killed them. According to another report, an armed militant wanted to place a mine in the vicinities of Khost province; the mine exploded and killed him.

#3: Afghan security forces launched a major military operation and evicted Taliban insurgents from Dishu district in the southern Afghan province of Helmand and established government control there, the provincial administration said Tuesday. "The Afghan national police, border police and army carried out a six-day military operation ending on Monday recapturing the Dishu district," the government said in a statement. The Dishu district had been ruled by Taliban for the past nine years. During the operation three policemen were killed and one sustained injuries, said Hamidullah Siddiqi, a senior border police commander in Helmand. More than 600 Afghan security forces took part in the operation in the district about 100 km south of provincial capital Lashkar Gah.

DoD: Petty Officer 1st Class Nicolas D. Checque