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, January 10, 2014

War News for Friday, January 10, 2014

The military is reporting the deaths of two ISAF soldiers and one ISAF civilian from an airplane crash in an undisclosed location in eastern Afghanistan on Friday, January 10th.
Iraq holding off on an offensive against al-Qaida
7 cops killed north of Samarra'                    

Reported security incidents
#1: update - A Blackhawk helicopter that crashed in southern Afghanistan last month
killing six U.S. soldiers, was brought down by an enemy explosion, not gunfire or mechanical failure, U.S. military officials said Thursday. The UH-60 helicopter crashed in the Shahjoi district of Afghanistan's Zabul province on Dec. 17. Initial reports indicated it came under heavy enemy gunfire once it was on the ground, but later reports contradicted that, implying there was no enemy contact. On Thursday, U.S. military officials told NBC News the helicopter was in a low-hover position when a blast from the ground below caused it to crash. The helicopter was not shot down by enemy fire, and apparently no enemy forces were on the ground in the vicinity either before or after the fatal crash.

#2: A U.S. military  MC-12 plane crashed in eastern Afghanistan early Friday morning, killing three Americans.

#3: A senior Pakistani police investigator at the forefront of operations against the Taliban and other criminals in the sprawling, seaside city of Karachi was killed in a bomb blast there yesterday, police officials said. His driver and a security officer also were killed in the attack, and at least 11 people were reported wounded.

#4: Police say gunmen have shot to death two workers at a small Sufi Muslim shrine in northwest Pakistan. Local police official Iqbal Khan says the bodies of the men were found on Friday at the shrine of Ghazi Shah Baba in the northwestern city of Mardan in the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province.

#5: Two militants were killed while two women were wounded Friday in a premature explosion in Jalalabad city, the provincial capital of eastern Afghanistan's province of Nangarhar, police said.

#6: At least seven people including police officers and civilians were killed or injured following twin suicide attacks in southern Helmand province of Afghanistan. Provincial governor spokesman, Omar Zwak confirming the report, said a group of three suicide bombers attacked a police station in the first district of Lashkargah city late Thursday evening. Mr. Zwak confirmed that one police officer was killed and six others including policemen and civilians were injured following the twin suicide attacks.


Cervantes said...

Most awful: Afghan toddler killed by U.S. troops.

"US forces stationed in Afghanistan accidentally gunned down a four-year-old boy, say local officials. . . .

“As the weather was dusty, the marine forces based there thought he was enemy and opened fire. As a result of mistaken fire, he was killed,” the spokesman for the governor of Helmand Province, Omar Zwak, told Reuters."

That's a whole lot of dust.

Dancewater said...

sure would be good to have a complete list of all people, and their ages, in our wars.

It would be a very long list.