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, February 9, 2013

War News for Saturday, February 09, 2013

U.S. rejects U.N. report on children killed in Afghanistan

Afghanistan confirm UN report on children deaths in US operations

Reported security incidents
#1: update A NATO helicopter crashed Thursday in eastern Afghanistan, but no crew members were seriously injured, officials said. "Both members of the helicopter crew were recovered from the crash and neither was seriously injured," U.S. Army Maj. Adam Wojack said. "We do not yet have definitive information on whether or not enemy activity was present in the area at the time of the crash."

#2: A government official says a roadside bomb has struck a car in southern Afghanistan, killing six civilians. The spokesman for the governor of southern Helmand province said Saturday two women and four men were killed in the blast in the Nad Ali district.

#3: Seven militants have been killed in a US drone strike in the Babar Ghar area on the border of North and South Waziristan on Saturday, local media reported. The drone fired two missiles on a house, destroying it completely. Five others were also injured, sources said. The attack took place in Babar Ghar area of South Waziristan, bordering Afghanistan. Two missiles struck a house in the village of Babar Ghar, a tribal district which is a stronghold of Taliban and al Qaeda-linked militants. (QNA)
#4: At least 13 suspected militants were killed early Saturday when military jets pounded militant hideouts in the northwestern tribal region of upper Orakzai agency, security officials said. Local administration official Noman Ali Shah confirmed that the militants’ hideouts in Mamozai had been targeted by military jets Saturday morning and there were reports of casualties. “We have reports coming in from security sources that four militant’ hideouts have been destroyed in Mamozai area of upper Orakzai, while at least 13 militants have been killed in these strikes,” he said.

#5: Meanwhile, eight militants were reported to have been killed and several others injured in fresh clashes between the pro-government Ansarul Islam (AI) and outlawed Tehrik-i-Taliban (TTP) militants backed by Lashkar-i-Islam (LI) militant outfit in Tirah Valley of Khyber agency. The clashes, which had started last month between the outlawed extremist groups, subsided for a few days as scores of fighters were killed on both sides and many others were wounded. Gun fights erupted again Saturday morning in Tirah’s Sandapal area, leaving eight militants dead, intelligence officials said.

#6: Five Taliban militants were killed as Afghan police conducted operations against the armed outfit over the past 24 hours, Interior Ministry said in a statement released here on Saturday. The operations, according to the statement had been carried out in Nangarhar, Kunduz, Kandahar, Ghazni and Helmand provinces during which a number of arms and ammunitions including two anti- vehicle mines had been seized.


Dancewater said...

God bless the children who suffer so much from the evils of men.