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

Friday, June 7, 2013

War News for Friday, June 07, 2013

The Georgian MoD is reporting the deaths of seven ISAF soldiers from a SVIED attack at a base somewhere in Helmand province, Afghanistan on Thursday, June 7th. News reports that the attack was around 5 PM. local time and the military base was in the Anzar Shali area of Naw Zad district. Here’s the ISAF release.

Reported security incidents
#1: An Australian Special Forces soldier has been wounded during a partnered mission in Oruzgan province in Afghanistan. The soldier was shot and wounded during a joint operation with Afghan National Security Forces 45km northwest of Tarin Kowt on Thursday.

#2: update Security sources told media that police backed by personnel of Frontier Corps (FC) raided Kharotabad area of provincial capital following a tip-off that some members of a banned outfit were present in a house in Killi Barat area of Kharotabad, in the outskirts of Quetta. "Security personnel surrounded the house early in the morning and asked the accused to surrender, upon which the accused attacked security personnel with hand grenades, rockets and heavy weapons," they said, adding that 15 security personnel, including an officer were injured. Some of the injured were identified as Lieutenant Colonel Bilal Ahmed, Lance Naik Abdul Samad, Sepoy Shafi, Salam, Nazeer Ahmed, Nadeem, Inayat ullah and Arid.
Sources said that security personnel fired back in retaliation due to which five people, including two accused, two women and a child, who were inside the house were killed. "The militants blew themselves up with detonators to avoid arrest avoiding which left two women and a child dead," claimed security officials. Sources said that four members of an intelligence agency were also injured in the attack. People of the area told media that the firing started at midnight and continued till morning with intervals. "We also heard heavy explosions that rocked the entire area and spread panic among the people," they added. DIG Operation Fayyaz Sumbal told media that law enforcement agencies faced strong resistance for about 5 hours, adding that over 20 explosions occurred which also included four Improvised Explosive Device (IED) blasts.
#3: A roadside bomb attack targeting police in northwest Pakistan  on Thursday killed two officers and wounded three others, police said. The improvised explosive device (IED) exploded when the officers were on a routine patrol in the Daudzai suburb of Peshawar, killing two of them on spot, senior police official Shafiullah Khan told AFP.

#4: A suicide car bomb went off near a NATO base in Naw Zad district in southern Afghan province of Helmand on Thursday evening, causing casualties, said an official. "A militant rammed his explosive-laden vehicle into the gate of the foreign forces' military base in Anzar Shali area of Naw Zad district at around 5 p.m. local time, causing casualties," the district administrative chief, Seyad Murad, told Xinhua. Murad said that a joint team has launched an investigation into the incident and details will be released afterward. Meanwhile, a provincial police official told Xinhua anonymously that the blast killed three Georgian soldiers of the coalition and injuring six other Georgian troops.

#5: According to local authorities in eastern Kunar province of Afghanistan, at least three civilians were killed following a drone strike in this province. Provincial governor Fazlullah Wahidi said the airstrike was carried out on Wednesday night in a residential area in Manogi district. Mr. Wahidi further added at least three civilians including two boys and a girl were killed and six others including two women were injured.

Geo/MoD: Corporal Ortavidze Teimuraz

Geo/MoD: Corporal Adamov Giorgi

Geo/MoD: 1st Class Private Gurgenashvili Zurab

Geo/MoD: Private Narindoshvili Mikheil

Geo/MoD: Private Tsugoshvili Boris

Geo/MoD: 1st Class Private Sulkhanishvili Zviad.

Geo/MoD: 1st Class Private Giorgi Ghuchashvili