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 9, 2007

Security Incidents for Thursday, August 09, 2007

Photo: Shia pilgrims converge on the shrine of Imam Moussa al-Kadhim "Guardian Unlimited" Security was tightened around a Shia shrine in northern Baghdad today as tens of thousands of pilgrims converged to honour an eighth-century Shia saint
(1) MNF-Iraq is reporting the death of a Multi-National Division - Baghdad soldier in an improvised explosive device attack in a western neighborhood of Baghdad on Tuesday, August 7th.
(2) MNF-Iraq is reporting the death of a Marine from a non-hostile, unspecified cause in Al Anbar Province on Tuesday, August 7th.
(3) The British Ministry of Defense is reporting the deaths of two 1st Battalion, The Irish Guards, soldiers to the west of Basra City when their convoy hit an improvised explosive device in the early hours of the morning on Thursday, August 9th. Another two British soldiers were seriously injured in the blast.
(4) The Rochester (New York) Democrat and Chronicle is reporting the death of 21-year-old Marine Corporal Reynold Armand, of Irondequoit, New York, in Iraq on Tuesday, August 7th. We suspect he was the non-hostile Marine death described in this CENTCOM release. According to his family, he died in Fallujah, Al Anbar Province. Armand signed up for the Marines with parental consent a year before he turned 18, starting a military career after high school graduation that took him to Virginia, North Carolina and California ... and eventually to Iraq. He had been home in July for a two week leave. The young man was of Haitian and Puerto Rican ancestry, enjoyed football and video games, and was a great fan of the New York Yankees.
#1: The huge fire that broke out on Thursday morning in the railway warehouses in al-Shalchiya region and a fuel station in al-Atifiya in northern Baghdad was caused by a U.S. flame (flare?), a police source said, ruling out any act of sabotage in the incident. "A U.S. aircraft fired a flame at the railway warehouses in al-Shalchiya region by mistake, causing the fire to break out, which extended to the nearby fuel station in al-Atifiya region," chief of the operations room in the interior ministry, General Abdul Karim Khalaf, told the independent news agency Voices of Iraq

#2: 3 Iraqi soldiers were wounded in clashes with gunmen tried to attack the pilgrims who were going towards the shrine of Kadhemiyah. The clashes took place in Qahtan square in Yarmouk neighborhood downtown Baghdad around 2,00 pm.

#3: Gunmen fired on Iraqi soldiers guarding pilgrims in the predominantly Sunni neighborhood of Yarmouk in western Baghdad, prompting a battle and panic that left one attacker dead and one soldier and three pilgrims wounded.

#4: A bomb exploded near the house of a Shiite family, killing a man and his wife, and wounding three, including a 5-year-old child, in the volatile, religiously mixed neighborhood of Baiyaa in western Baghdad,

#5: A Shiite pilgrim also was killed and six others injured when a fire broke out on a train running from central Baghdad to Kazimiyah. Police said the blaze was due to an electrical problem.
Diyala Prv:
#1: The forensic department in Baaquba received on Thursday 12 unidentified bodies, some decayed, a medical source said. "Baaquba forensic department received today 12 unidentified bodies that bore marks of torture and had shot wounds to different parts of the body," the source told the independent news agency Voices of Iraq (VOI). The source added "the bodies were found in different parts of Diala and some of them were decayed because they were remained dumped on roads for a long time."

#1: Two unidentified gunmen gunned down a former leading figure in the banned Baath party in front of his house in northern Najaf on Thursday, a police source said. "Two unknown armed men opened fire at Mohammad Abdul Amir al-Shafei, 41, at 8:00 am in front of his house in al-Nasr neighborhood in northern Najaf, killing him on the spot," the source told the independent news agency Voices of Iraq

#1: In scattered attacks reported by police, seven pilgrims were killed and four wounded when gunmen in a speeding car opened fire and threw hand grenades at them as they were en route to Baghdad from the Dabouniyah area, 75 miles to the southeast.

#1: A policeman and a number of civilians were injured on Thursday afternoon in a mortar attack on the Basra police command in the center of the city, a police source said. "An armed group launched two mortar shells at the Basra police command in al-Hikimiya region in central Basra on Thursday afternoon, wounding a policeman and a number of civilians, in addition to damaging several police and civilian vehicles," the source, who asked not to be named, told the independent news agency Voices of Iraq

#2: It is with deep regret that the Ministry of Defence must confirm the deaths of two British soldiers from 1st Battalion The Irish Guards in Basra, southern Iraq in the early hours of this morning, Thursday 9 August 2007. The soldiers were killed, and another two seriously injured, when an Improvised Explosive Device detonated next to their patrol just after midnight local time. The soldiers were travelling in a convoy to the north of the Rumaylah oilfields, which is to the west of Basra City.

#1: Unknown gunmen blew up a bridge linking Salah al-Din and Kirkuk provinces on Thursday morning, a police source said. "Unknown gunmen planted and blew up large amounts of explosives under the Pitrokimiwiat concrete bridge near Makhoul mount, 50 km north of Tikrit, bringing down a large part of the bridge," the source told the independent news agency Voices of Iraq

#1: A child was killed and 4 of his family injured when mortar shell hit their house in Hawija town west Kirkuk yesterday evening.

Al Anbar Prv:
#1: A Marine assigned to Multi National Force-West died Aug. 7 in a non-combat related incident in Al Anbar Province.

#2: A Marine assigned to Multi National Force-West died Aug. 7 while conducting combat operations in Al Anbar Province.