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

Wednesday, July 17, 2013

War News for Wednesday, July 17, 2013

The DoD is reporting the death of a Marine who was supporting OEF. Lance Cpl. Benjamin W. Tuttle died from unreported causes at the Landstuhl Regional Medical Center after a medical evacuation from the aircraft carrier the USS Nimitz during a scheduled port visit in the 5th Fleet Area of Responsibility on Sunday, July 14th.

Qaeda Yemen branch says No 2 killed in US drone strike

Reported security incidents
#1: Officials say gunmen have killed an Afghan prosecutor with ties to President Hamid Karzai in the latest attack targeting those linked to the government. Police Chief Rahmatullah Safi says prosecutor Ahmad Wali Taheri was killed on Wednesday in western Herat province. Taheri was the brother of Karzai’s adviser on national security, Rangin Dafdar Spanta.

#2: Alfred Brenner, 22, a Jackson Township resident and United States Marine serving in Afghanistan was injured in an IED explosion last week. Brenner and his k-9 companion were inspecting a suspected IED device when it was exploded, killing his dog and causing shrapnel wounds to himself and suffered a broken arm.

#3: Twelve civilians were wounded Wednesday morning in two successive blasts in the eastern Afghan province of Paktiya, said a provincial government spokesman. "Two Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs) were detonated back-to- back when two police mobile were passing by Ghanzi-line and Khost- line areas of the provincial capital Gardez city. The first explosion took place at around 11:00 am local time," spokesman Rohullah Sammon told Xinhua. He said no member of police units were harmed in the incident in the city 100 km south of national capital Kabul.

#4: A blast struck a bus near Peshawar Motorway Interchange on Wednesday, Express News reported. No casualties were reported in the incident. According to the driver of the bus, he saw a bomb attached to the bus via a magnet in the side view mirror. He immediately stopped the bus and removed the passengers and the staff from the bus. The blast occurred after everyone got off the bus. On the other hand, other speculations are that the AC compressor exploded, resulting in the blast.

US/DoD:  Lance Cpl. Benjamin W. Tuttle