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, April 23, 2013

War News for Tuesday, April 23, 2013

The DoD is reporting a new death prevesously unreported by the military. Pfc. Barrett L. Austin presumably died at Landsthul ,military hospital, Landstuhl, Germany on Sunday, April 21st. He was wounded in a roadside bombing attack somewhere in in Wardak Province, Afghanistan on Wednesday, April 17th.

At least 26 killed as Iraqi forces raid Sunni protest camp

Reported security incidents
#1: Sixteen youths harvesting opium poppies in Helmand Province were killed recently, Pajhwok Afghan News reported April 21. The victims came from two districts in Ghazni Province, Qarabagh District Chief Fazal Rahman Nazarwal told Pajhwok. They came under militant attack, he said. The victims were buried April 20, he said. Eight of them were killed April 19, Qarabagh resident Abdul Bari told Pajhwok. Details about when the others died were not available.

#2: Gunmen have kidnapped nine deminers in Afghanistan’s restive southern province of Kandahar, officials said Tuesday. The men, all Afghans, were being driven back from a minefield Monday when they were seized in Maiwand district, provincial spokesman Jawid Faisal told AFP. “They had just finished their work in the area and were riding in two cars when they were taken by a group of gunmen,” he said.

#3: Local authorities in eastern Kunar province of Afghanistan once again informed of continued cross-border shelling from Pakistani soil in this province. The officials further added that at least 24 missiles were fired in Dangam district during the past 24 hours. Provincial governor Fazlulah Wahidi confirming the report said no casualties were reoported following the missile attacks.

DoD: Pfc. Barrett L. Austin


Dancewater said...

Just FYI: The link marked "Faces of Grief" no longer goes to my blog, instead it goes to someone's joke blog. I took down my "Faces of Grief" blog a while back.

I recommend removing the link.

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