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, May 4, 2013

War News for Saturday, May 04, 2013

The DoD is reporting the death of Staff Sgt. Michael H. Simpson who died in Landstuhl military hospital, Landstuhl, Germany on Wednesday, May 1st. He was wounded from an IED blast somewhere close to FOB Arian, Ghazni province, Afghanistan on Saturday, April 27th.

The DoD is reporting the deaths of two soldiers previously unreported by the military. Spc. Trinidad Santiago Jr. and Pfc. Charles P. McClure died from a vehicle accident in Camp Buehring, Kuwait on Thursday, May 2nd. They were supporting Operation Enduring Freedom.

Reported security incidents
#1: Eight militants were killed in security forces operations conducted here, while some unknown persons barging into the house of a tribal leader gunned him down, FP News desk reported Saturday.
Security sources said that operations were conducted at Qismat Tanga and Sheen Qamar areas of Upper Orakzai, which resulted in the death of eight militants besides the destruction of their three hideouts.

#2: Meanwhile, a landmine planted on the roadside at Bezoot area of Orakzai Agency exploded with a big bang, but fortunately no loss of life took place.

#3: On the other hand, some unknown persons barging into the house of tribal leader Haider Khan opened fire killing him on the spot at Sanober area of Tehsil Bara of Khyber Agency.

#4: Units of Afghan police ambushed and killed six armed Taliban militants in the southern Helmand province 555 km south of Kabul on Saturday, a local official confirmed. "Personnel of police laid ambush against a group of armed Taliban fighters in Sistani area of Marja district at noon time today killing six rebels on the spot," provincial administration spokesman Omar Zawak told Xinhua. There were no casualties on police, he contended. Taliban outfit has yet to make comment.

DoD: Staff Sgt. Michael H. Simpson

DoD: Spc. Trinidad Santiago Jr.

DoD: Pfc. Charles P. McClure

News: Civ. Rinku Summan


Dancewater said...

Today from AFP: A roadside bomb killed five US troops Saturday in Afghanistan and two other NATO soldiers were shot dead in an "insider attack", a week after the Taliban launched their spring offensive.

Also, from the NYT: One more killed by small arms fire, not an insider attack.

Just think: if we had elected a real PEACE president in 2008, that would be eight more Americans alive right now..... just from today. Just from Afghanistan.

ALTAF BHAT said...

All non muslims are kafirs as they are unjust and fights for worldly matters
A Muslim who fights them is mujahid a solidure of God

Cervantes said...

Aha Altaf. You might try reading Quran, you obviously never have.

Vernell said...

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