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 8, 2013

War News for Thursday, August 08, 2013

The US/DoD is reporting the death of Spc. Nickolas S. Welch who died at the Walter Reed Medical Center in Bethesda, Maryland on Tuesday, July 6th. He was wounded from a roadside bombing in Soltan Kheyl, Wardak Province, Afghanistan on Tuesday, July 23rd.

Budget cuts spell end of fire-ravaged nuclear sub -- Casey James Fury simply didn't want to be at work. Fury admitted to setting fire to the USS Miami, a nuclear sub, in May 2012 while it was in dry dock.

Reported security incidents
#1: An explosion has killed at least 10 women in a graveyard in eastern Afghanistan as the country celebrated the Eid al-Fitr holiday marking the end of Ramadan, officials say. Police were unable to confirm the cause of the explosion in the Ghani Khel district of the province of Nangarhar.

#2: The Taliban ambushed a convoy of a female Afghan senator on Wednesday, seriously wounding her in the attack and killing her 8-year-old daughter and a bodyguard, officials said. Senator Rouh Gul Khirzad's husband, son and another daughter were also wounded in the attack in the Muqur district of Gazni province, according to Deputy Governor Mohammad Ali Ahmadi. Ahmadi said the ambush took place on the main highway from Kabul to the southern city of Kandahar.

#3: DIG Operations Quetta Fayyaz Ahmed Sumbal and 28 other policemen were killed while 42 others injured in a powerful blast in Quetta on Thursday, Local TV reported. The blast occurred in a lawn of the mosque where preparations were being made for the funeral prayer of Station House Officer (SHO) City Mohibullah, who was shot dead on Thursday morning. Sources said higher police officials were also attending the funeral prayer.

#4: Three civilians, including two children, were killed and nine others wounded in two back-to-back explosions in eastern Afghan province of Wardak, the provincial government said in a statement. "The enemies of Afghanistan initiated a roadside bombing in Tatro area of Nirkh district at around 7:00 p.m. local time. Several people gathered following the blast. But another explosion went off causing the casualties," the statement said.

#5: Several people including Afghan civilians and security forces were injured following an explosion in eastern Ghazni province of Afghanistan on Wednesday evening. Deputy provincial governor Mohammad Ali confirming the report said at least 13 people were injured following the explosion. Mr. Ahamdi further added that the explosion took place in Ghazni city roundabout. He said Afghan police and children were among those injured.
#6: A heavy explosion rocked southern Helmand province of Afghanistan on Wednesday evening. According to reports the incident took place after a suicide bomber detonated his explosives near the Helmand Radio Television located in Malalai Park while the convoy of provincial security chief was crossing the area. Provincial governor spokesman Omar Zwak said at least four security guards of the security chief Gen. Mohammad Hakim Andar were injured, and the health condition of one of them is critical.

#7: He said the incident took place after a suicide bomber rammed a vehicle laden with explosives into the convoy of Gen. Mohammad Hakim Andar. According to Mr. Zwak at least two civilians were also injured following the explosion.

DoD: Spc. Nickolas S. Welch