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 10, 2013

War News for Monday, June 10, 2013

The Polish DND is reporting the death of an ISAF soldier from a roadside bombing in Ghazni province, Afghanistan on Monday, June 10th. Here’s the ISAF release.

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Reported security incidents
#1: Militants attacked NATO supply trucks in northwest Pakistan with guns and mortars on Monday, setting vehicles ablaze and killing at least six people, officials said. The attack took place in Khyber district, one of seven tribal areas on the Afghan border that are a haven for Taliban and Al-Qaeda linked insurgents. Up to 20 armed militants targeted at least three Afghanistan-bound vehicles loaded with military equipment, said senior administration official Jehangir Azam. "At least three NATO vehicles caught fire, four people died on the spot and two wounded in the attack expired later in hospital," Azam told AFP. Another official , Asmatullah Wazir, said four NATO vehicles were hit and three of them caught fire in the attack in the Shagai area, 20 kilometres (12 miles) southeast of Landi Kotal, the district's main town.

#2: At least seven heavily armed Taliban insurgents attacked near Afghanistan's main airport Monday, apparently trying to attack NATO's airport headquarters with rocket-propelled grenades, assault rifles and at least one large bomb. Security forces engaged in an hours-long battle and killed all the attackers. Kabul police said in an announcement that attackers wearing suicide vests had occupied one or two buildings under construction on the west side of the airport and were firing at the military facility, which was quite a distance away. But it was uncertain if they actually managed to hit anything inside the airport.

#3: The security forces have killed 35 terrorists and injured 15 during operations in Khyber Agency's Tirah Valley and Kurram Agency. According to the ISPR, one soldier was killed and five others sustained injuries in the encounters during the last two days. After the clearance of Muhammadi Top in Kurram and Haider Kandao in Tirah Valley, the security forces made significant gains on the nights of the sixth, seventh, and eighth of this months, and cleared main areas of Maidan. The forces took full control of heights on the central Derastani Ridge that overlooks the entire Maidan and Kukikhel Valley.

#4: Meanwhile, three soldiers were killed and four wounded in bomb attacks on military convoys in North Waziristan on Sunday, officials said. "A military convoy comprising 35 vehicles was on its way to the northwestern town of Bannu from Razmak when an improvised explosive device planted along the roadside went off, killing three soldiers," a local intelligence official said. The official, who requested anonymity, said two soldiers were wounded in the explosion 70 kilometres south of Miranshah, the main town in the region. Another two soldiers were wounded in a second bomb attack on a military convoy 20 kilometres east of Miranshah. According to official sources, militants targeted the convoy with an IED and two rockets. A local tribal police official, Ali Muhammad, confirmed the two attacks and casualties.

#5: A suicide bomber blew himself up Monday in Zabul's provincial capital Qalat, killing six people, police said.

Pol/DnD: Plut. Jan Kiepura