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, September 25, 2013

War News for Wednesday, September 25, 2013

The DoD is reporting the deaths of two Sailors previously unreported by the military. Lt. Cmdr. Landon L. Jones and Chief Warrant Officer Jonathon S. Gibson died in a helicopter crash in the Red Sea on Sunday, September 22nd. They were supporting Operation Enduring Freedom.

Afghan troops blunt Taliban offensive but at high price

Reported security incidents
#1: Militants attacked an irrigation dam under construction in northwest Pakistan killing three workers and kidnapping at least two others, officials said on Wednesday. Around a dozen gunmen attacked the Ghallanai dam site in Mohmand tribal district overnight.

#2: Eleven Taliban militants were killed and 23 others detained in separate operations within the last 24 hours, in the latest raids as part of an increased campaign against insurgents in the country, the Afghan Interior Ministry said Wednesday morning. “Afghan National Police (ANP) supported by the army conducted several joint cleanup operations in Kunduz, Balkh, Kandahar, Uruzgan, Paktika, Paktiya, Herat, Helmand and Nimroz provinces. As a result 11 armed Taliban were killed and 23 others were arrested, ” the ministry said in a statement.

DoD: Staff Sgt. Liam J. Nevins

DoD: Staff Sgt. Timothy R. McGill

DoD: Spc. Joshua J. Strickland

DoD: Lt. Cmdr. Landon L. Jones

DoD: Chief Warrant Officer Jonathon S. Gibson