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, July 5, 2013

War News for Friday, July 05, 2013

The US/DoD is reporting a new death previously unreported by the military. 1st Sgt. Tracy L. Stapley died from a non-combat related incident at Camp As Sayliyah, Qatar on Wednesday, July 3rd. Here’s some details on camp Sayliyah.

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Reported security incidents
#1: At least nine people, including six Afghan security officials, were killed and 19 others injured today when a suicide bomber blew himself up at a check post on the Pakistan-Afghanistan border in the troubled Balochistan province. There were six Afghan security officials among those killed and 19 others were injured in the suicide bombing in the Chaman region of Balochistan, according to security sources. Pakistani security officials, who did not want to be named, told that the suicide bomber blew himself while targeting the vehicle of Afghan border forces close to a check post near the Friendship Gate at Pak-Afghan border.

In the\ southern province of Kandahar, a suicide bomber blew himself up at a border checkpoint entering Afghanistan from Pakistan, killing at least two people and wounding eight others. In addition to the suicide bomber, the blast killed one border police officer and wounded one, and killed one civilian and wounded seven others. Border police say the officer killed was the checkpoint commander, and they assume he was the target.

#2: A suicide bomber killed 12 policemen in southern Afghanistan on Friday when he blew himself up inside a police station as officers ate lunch in a dining hall, officials said. The bomber targeted a base used to patrol the main road from Uruzgan province to neighbouring Kandahar, through one of Afghanistan's most volatile regions where Taliban militants have a strong presence. "A suicide bomber detonated his explosives in a battalion station in Tirin Kot, the provincial capital of Uruzgan," Abdullah Hemat, the Uruzgan governor's spokesman, said.

#3: Four persons including three women sustained injuries when the rockets fired by militants from Kurnar province of Afghanistan hit a house in Kaga village in the Mamond tehsil in the Bajaur Agency on Thursday, official and local sources said.“The women were present in the house when the rockets struck.

#4: In another incident on Friday in Uruzgan, Himmat, the government spokesman, said a boy and a girl were killed by a roadside bomb on their way home around midday.

#5: The paramilitary Frontier Corps (FC) on Thursday foiled an attempt by suicide bomber to attack its camp in Boya area in the North Waziristan Agency. Security officials said a suicide bomber, driving an explosives-laden car, was approaching the FC camp when a security guard spotted the vehicle and opened fire on that. “The sentry’s timely action saved several precious lives as he hit the suicide bomber before he could approach the FC camp,” a military official said. Pleading anonymity, he said the white colour car exploded at 200 meters distance of camp at Boya area, 40 kilometers west of Miranshah, the headquarters of North Waziristan. However, two FC men sustained minor injuries in the blast.

US/DoD: 1st Sgt. Tracy L. Stapley