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, June 3, 2013

War News for Monday, June 03, 2013

NATO is reporting the death of an ISAF soldier from a roadside bombing in an undisclosed location in southern Afghanistan on Saturday, June 1st.
NATO is reporting the death of another ISAF soldier from a direct fire attack in an undisclosed location in eastern Afghanistan on Saturday, June 1st.
NATO is reporting the death of a third ISAF soldier from a roadside bombing in an undisclosed location in eastern Afghanistan on Saturday, June 1st.

Deadly Afghanistan plane crash in April could have been caused by weight shift

NATO drivers refuse to drive US military vehicles to Karachi

German drone nearly hits Afghan airbus

US soldier goes on trial over WikiLeaks disclosures

Reported security incidents
#1: A suicide bomber targeting an American patrol outside a busy market in eastern Afghanistan killed 13 people on Monday, including 10 schoolchildren who were walking nearby and two international service members, officials said. Gen. Zelmia Oryakhail, provincial police chief of Paktia province, said the bomber was on a motorcycle and detonated his explosives at midday outside the market in Samkani district as American forces passed. He said a local school had just let pupils out for lunch. The US military coalition in Afghanistan confirmed that two of its service members died in the explosion. It did not confirm their nationalities. Ten schoolchildren and one Afghan police officer were killed, the Afghan Ministry of Interior said. It did not say the ages of the children.

#2: Also Monday, a landmine killed seven Afghan civilians in the eastern province of Laghman. A statement from the provincial government said a group of four women and two children had gone with a male driver into the hills to collect firewood. On their way back, their vehicle hit the mine and all inside were killed.

#3: Two NATO supply containers were torched as they were passing through the Mastung area of the southwestern Pakistani province of Balochistan on Sunday. A Levies official, Munir Ahmed told the media that the two containers were attacked on their way back to Karachi after supplying fuel to US and NATO troops in Afghanistan. The NATO supplies were passing through Mastung area of Pakistan to reach landlocked Afghanistan when the militants opened fire on the truck, carrying them, and set them on fire. According to security officials, the drivers survived the attack and managed to escape the scene but both the containers were completely burnt. The incident occurred in Dasht Tehsil of Mastung district, a NATO supply route that has witnessed frequent attacks in the past.

#4: In another incident, a blast targeting a vehicle of security forces injured two soldiers in North Waziristan Agency in the tribal area of Pakistan, bordering Afghanistan on Sunday. According to media reports, two security officials were injured when the vehicle was attacked with a remote controlled Improvised Explosive Device (IED) near the Esha check post in Miranshah area of North Waziristan. The vehicle was destroyed completely and the injured were taken to a nearby military hospital, reports said.

#5: 6 Taliban militants were killed in a twin air-attack by ISAF choppers on Sunday morning in Zurmat district of Paktiya. A press release by Afghan National Army press office in Gardez says two groups of Taliban militants who were involved in destructive operations came under ISAF air attacks where 6 militants were killed.


UP Board Result said...
This comment has been removed by a blog administrator.
Vera said...

This is cool!