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

Thursday, August 1, 2013

War News for Thursday, August 01, 2013

Investigation underway after Afghan boy is killed on firing range -- sounds like the range monitor needs to answer some questions -- whisker

Pilot error blamed for chopper crash that killed two Australians

12 soldiers hurt in Colorado lightning strike

Reported security incidents
#1: Afghan officials say a NATO helicopter mistakenly killed four Afghan troops in the east. Spokesman Ahmad Zia Abdulzai says a NATO helicopter called in as air support following an attack on an Afghan checkpoint in eastern Nangarhar province's Bati Kot district accidentally killed four Afghan troops Wednesday night.

#2: In southern Uruzgan province, spokesman Farid Ayel says the Taliban ambushed local education official Hadi Khan, killing him, his two sons and a bodyguard on Wednesday afternoon.

#3: In northwestern Faryab province, Governor Ahmadullha Batash says a roadside mine exploded on Thursday, killing two policemen and a prosecutor, and wounding seven people in Bilchiragh district.

Two Afghan policemen were killed and eight others wounded on Thursday morning when a roadside bombing struck their vehicle in northern Faryab Province, said the deputy provincial governor. "Afghan National Police (ANP) personnel were travelling in an area in Bilchiragh District at around 9:00 a.m. local time. Their vehicle touched off an Improvised Explosive Device (IED). As a result, the district anti-criminal police chief Zahir Khan and an ANP cop were killed and eight policemen were wounded," Abdul Satar Bariz told Xinhua.

#4: On Wednesday evening, one Afghan Local Police (ALP) commander named Mujahid Khan along with his bodyguard was killed when an IED went off in Panjwahi District of southern Kandahar Province.

#5: Two oil tankers of a private firm were destroyed in an attack by gunmen near Balochistan’s Mastung area here on Thursday, Local TV reported.

#6: Police conducted a raid in Badaber area of Peshawar Thursday during which one suspected militant was killed and two others were arrested. On receiving a tip-off, police conducted a raid at a house in Peshawar’s Badaber area. As soon as the raiding party reached the locality, they were fired upon by militants. During the exchange of gunfire between police and militants, one suspect was killed whereas two others were arrested.:
#7: Mine planter had lost both his legs while planning to place a mine on the highway at the northern part of Khakriz district, where the explosives went off prior to target the security forces convoy, a statement said Thursday.

#8: One policeman and three militants were killed early Thursday morning when Taliban militants launched an attack on a police checkpoint in western Afghan province of Badghis, police said. "Several militants raided a police checkpoint along Badghis- Herat highway, triggering a gun battle lasting for hours at early Thursday morning. As a result one policeman and three militants were killed," the provincial police chief Sharafuddin Sharaf told Xinhua. He said two militants and two policemen were also wounded in the attack in the province 555 km northwest of national capital Kabul.

US/DoD: Spc. Nicholas B. Burley