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

Saturday, August 11, 2007

Security Incidents for Saturday, August 11, 2007

(1) MNF-Iraq is reporting the death of a Task Force Lightning soldier from a non-hostile, unspecified cause on Friday, August 10th. The specific place of death was not reported.


#1: Six bodies were found in different areas of Baghdad on Friday, police said.

#2: U.S. forces killed two suspected insurgents and arrested 10 others in operations on Friday and Saturday in central and northern Iraq, the U.S. military said.

Diyala Prv:
#1: Seven civilians were kidnapped at a fake checkpoint near Diala's town of al-Miqdadiyah. "A group of armed men clad in Iraqi army fatigues set up a fake checkpoint on al-Miqdadiyah-Baghdad road and abducted seven civilians," an eyewitness told the independent news agency Voices of Iraq

#1: Two people were killed and three others injured in an explosive charge attack on a civilian vehicle in northern Baaquba, Diala province, police said. "The charge went off on Saturday morning near a civilian vehicle on the international Baghdad-Khalis highway, (10 km) north of Baaquba," an official Iraqi police source in Baaquba told the independent news agency Voices of Iraq

#1: The governor and police chief of Iraq's Qadisiyah province were both killed in a bomb attack on their convoy on Saturday, local security and health officials said. "The hospital in Diwaniyah received the governor and police chief, and three other corpses from their security detail," said Doctor Hamid Gaati, head of the health directorate in Diwaniyah, the provincial capital, south of Baghdad. "More than 10 IEDs (roadside bombs) targeted a convoy of the governor and the chief of police on their way back from Afak to the centre of the city, killing the governor of Diwaniyah and the chief of police," said the official.

#1: At least eight Iraqi electricity workers were killed and two others were wounded when a US aircraft fired at their vehicle, local news reports said Saturday. According to the independent news agency Voices of Iraq (VOI), an Iraqi police source said that the workers were installing electricity wires and cables in a power station when their vehicle was hit by a US rocket. The attack reportedly occurred in the southern neighborhood of al-Jalisiya in Samarra, capital of the Salah al-Din province, 100 kilometres north of Baghdad.

#1: A Task Force Lightning Soldier died Friday in a non-combat related incident, which is currently under investigation.

#1: The dismembered bodies of four people were found in Ishaqi, 100 km (60 miles) north of Baghdad, police said.

#1: More than 20 insurgents forced staff from a civil defence building in Baiji, 180 km (110 miles) north of Baghdad, on Friday and then destroyed the building with a bomb, police said. Two people were wounded by flying debris.

#1: The bodies of two Kurdish Yazidis were found near the small town of Rashad, 30 km (18 miles) south of the northern city of Kirkuk, on Friday, police said. The reason for their killing was not known.

#1: Iraqi policemen killed two gunmen and arrested a third during a raid in the village of al-Mustantaq, western Mosul, on Saturday, an official security source said.

Al Anbar Prv:
#1: Seven gunmen were killed or wounded and 12 others arrested in a wide-scale security operation by a joint Iraqi-U.S. force in a number of villages in northern Fallujah against al-Qaeda Organization in Iraq on Saturday, police said.

#1: A rocket was fired on the Afghan capital. The rocket landed in an open ground in Kabul, several kilometres away from a high security zone where the grand peace jirga, or assembly, between the two countries is going on. There was no damage or casualties, the interior ministry said, adding one suspect had been taken into custody.