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, May 14, 2013

War News for Tuesday, May 14, 2013

The Georgian MoD is reporting the deaths of three ISAF soldiers from an insurgent attack in an undisclosed location in Afghanistan. News reports that a suicide truck bomb killed three soldiers and wounded others at a fob in Helmand province on Tuesday, May 14th. Here’s the ISAF release.

Reported security incidents
#1: A bomb hidden in a parked motorcycle ripped through a crowded Afghan market in on Tuesday, killing at least three people, officials said. The motorcycle bomb hit a market in Safar, a village 70 kilometres (40 miles) from the district centre of Garamser in volatile Helmand province, said Omer Zawak, the spokesman for the provincial governor. Three people were killed and seven were wounded in the blast, said Zawak.

#2: The attack late Monday on the Americans was the second that targeted international troops in Afghanistan that day. According to NATO spokesman Maj. Bryan Woods, a suicide bomber rammed his vehicle into a U.S. Special Operation Forces convoy as it was returning to base after clearing land mines north of the Afghan capital, Kabul. Woods said there were no casualties in that attack in Kapisa province. He said as the bomber targeted the U.S. convoy, insurgents started firing at it. Qais Qadri, spokesman for the Kapisa governor, said one civilian was killed in the attack, but Woods could not confirm the civilian death, saying only that the special forces returned safely to their base "after engaging the enemy."

#3: Eleven Taliban militants have been killed, five wounded and eight others arrested in military operations in different Afghan provinces within the last 24 hours, the country's Interior Ministry said Tuesday morning. "Afghan National Police (ANP) supported by the army, intelligence agency and the NATO-led coalition forces conducted cleanup operations in Nangarhar, Parwan, Kunduz, Kandahar, Logar, Herat and Helmand provinces, killing 11 armed Taliban militants, wounding five and capturing eight other suspects over the past 24 hours," the ministry said in a statement.

GEO/MoD: Junior Sergeant Zviad Davitadze

GEO/MoD: Corporal Alexandre Kvitsinadze

GEO/MoD: Corporal Vladimer Shanava


Dancewater said...

From the BBC:

Four US soldiers with the Nato-led force in Afghanistan have been killed by a roadside bomb, officials say.

A government spokesman in the southern province of Kandahar said the soldiers were in a convoy in Zhari district. Several others were reported wounded.

Taliban insurgents announced the start of their spring offensive in March.

Dancewater said...

Also from the BBC:

A video which appears to show a Syrian rebel taking a bite from the heart of a dead soldier has been widely condemned.

US-based Human Rights Watch identified the rebel as Abu Sakkar, a well-known insurgent from the city of Homs, and said his actions were a war crime.

The main Syrian opposition coalition said he would be put on trial.

The video, which cannot be independently authenticated, seems to show him cutting out the heart.

"I swear to God we will eat your hearts and your livers, you soldiers of Bashar the dog," the man says referring to President Bashar al-Assad as he stands over the soldier's corpse.

(oh, those Syrian rebels are not very nice.)