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

Monday, March 25, 2013

War News for Monday, March 25, 2013

The dod is reporting the death of Sgt. 1st Class James F. Grissom at Landstuhl Regional Medical Center, Germany on Thursday, March 21st. He was originally wounded from a small arms weapon attack in Paktika Province, Afghanistan on Monday, March 18th.
The DoD is also reporting the death of Sgt. Tristan M. Wade who died from an IED blast in Qarah Bagh District, Ghazni Province, Afghanistan on Friday, March 22nd.

US to cede full control of Bagram to Afghan forces

Reported security incidents
#1: Two Afghan civilians were killed and five were wounded in a roadside bombing in the country’s northern province of Faryab on Monday, police said. “Two civilians were killed and five others wounded when a civilian vehicle touched off a roadside bomb in Khwaja Sabz Posh district early Monday morning,” provincial police chief Nabi Jan Mullahkhil told Xinhua.

#2: The death toll from a suicide bombing on a military checkpost in Pakistan's North Waziristan region has reached 17, the military said on Sunday. There was no immediate claim of responsibility for the attack on Saturday, which prompted the regional government to impose a curfew in the tribal region near the Afghan border. The military responded with mortar and artillery fire directed at positions held by the Taliban. Another 10 soldiers were also wounded in the attack on a check post operated jointly by the regular army and the Frontier Corps paramilitary.

#3: According to local authorities in north-eastern Badakhshan province of Afghanistan, Taliban militants abducted at least 10 Afghan national army soldiers along with a doctor in this province. Provincial governor spokesman Abdul Maroof Rasukh confirming the report said the individuals were abducted by Taliban militants during a military operation in Wardoj district around 3 days back.

DoD: Sgt. 1st Class James F. Grissom

DoD: Sgt. Tristan M. Wade