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, August 17, 2007

War News for Friday, August 17, 2007

Today we have reached the grim mark of four thousand dead coalition soldiers who have given there lives fighting the war officially known as Operation Iraqi Freedom. This doesn't include private citizens or international police or diplomatic staff. And it sure doesn't include however many Iraqis have perished which the final figure will never be known except as a general number written down in some future text book. This is a mark which the news papers won't cover in any detail except possible with one sentence buried near the bottom of some more sensational story. We know that Lieutenant AWOL (click on picture) doesn't care and never has cared. His friends and families have not been effected in the very least way except for their ever increasing portfolios. So before I ramble on I'll just mention that I have to keep my resolve and continue fighting this insanity until all of troops come home. We can worry about restitution later.

Photo: An document of unknown origin or authenticity which has been floating around the internet. It appears to be a photo-copy of a legitimate military record of some dumb-assed Lieutenant being AWOL. You decide. All the cowards military records have been hidden from public view "perhaps" in his fathers library.
Security incidents for Friday, August 17th, 2007
(1) MNF-Iraq is reporting the death of a Multi-National Corps - Iraq soldier from a non-hostile, unspecified cause in Baghdad on Thursday, August 16th.
(2) MNF-Iraq is reporting the death of a second Multi-National Corps - Iraq soldier from a non-hostile, unspecified cause in Baghdad on Thursday, August 16th. A special note had been added to the release to confirm that there were indeed two such deaths on the 16th.

(3) MNF-Iraq is reporting the death of a Task force Lightning soldier from what would appear to be a heavy small arms fire attack in "Baghdad Province" on Thursday, August 16th. A more complete report of the attack can be found in another MNF-Iraq release. It apparently involved the 4th Stryker Brigade Combat Group, 2nd Infantry Division, and occurred at the coalition outpost in At Tarmiyah on the west bank of the Tigris about 16 km northeast of Taji in Salah ad Din Province.
#1: A Task Force Lightning Soldier died of wounds sustained from enemy gunfire in Baghdad Province, Thursday. One Soldier was treated locally for superficial wounds and returned to duty.

#2: This is the second report of an MNC-I Soldier non-battle death from Aug. 16. The reporting is accurate. There were two deaths.

#3: The search continues for four South Africans who went missing in Iraq last December, says the Department of Foreign Affairs. Andre Durant, Johan Enslin, Kallie Scheepers and Hardus Greeff went missing last year when they were flagged down at a roadblock north of the Iraqi capital, Bagdad.

#4: Nineteen bodies were found around Baghdad on Thursday in Baghdad, police said on Friday.

#5: A roadside bomb targeted a police commando patrol in southern Baghdad's Doura district on Thursday, killing one policeman and wounding another, police said on Friday.

#6: 3 civilians injured when a round of mortar hit a residential neighborhood in Abo Desheer, Dora, south Baghdad, at 11:00 this morning.

#7: 4 Iraqi Army soldiers injured by IED targeting their patrol in Arab Jboor area, south Baghdad, at 11:30 pm.

#8: An armed group killed son of the deputy president of the Iraqi Football Federation in western Baghdad, a senior source from the IFF said on Friday. "A group of gunmen opened fire at Durgham Basem al-Rubaei on Thursday night in front of his house in al-Iskan region near to al-Mansour neighborhood in western Baghdad, killing him on the spot,” the source, who asked not to be named, told the independent news agency Voices of Iraq

#1: U.S. troops battled gunmen in a mosque after their combat outpost north of Baghdad came under machinegun and rocket-propelled grenade fire that killed one soldier, the U.S. military said on Friday.The military said an aircraft fired a Hellfire missile at two gunmen on the roof of the Sunni Arab mosque in the town of Tarmiya on Thursday after ordering everyone inside to evacuate.

Kurdistan region:
#1: Iranian forces resumed Thursday night shelling the border areas in the autonomous Kurdistan region in Iraq, a senior Kurdish military officer said Friday. The Iranian artillery shelled a number of villages, with the explosions setting fire to large areas of agricultural lands and forcing the villagers to flee elsewhere, senior officer Hussein Ahmed said in Sulaimaniya. Iranian and Turkish forces had shelled two northern Iraqi border cities in the Kurdish autonomous region on Thursday.

#1: Gunmen wounded three people in drive-by shooting in the town of Taza 10 km (6 miles) south of northern Kirkuk, police said.

Arbil Prv:
#1: Kurdish villages in the northern province of Arbil were bombed in the morning by Turkish forces, starting fires in agricultural lands and houses in two villages, an official source from the Kurdish Pershmerga said, without specifying how many casualties there were.

Sulaimaniya Prv:
#1: Similarly, an intense Iranian strike in the province of Sulaimaniya caused terror among residents of a number of villages as well as significant property damage, local officials said.

Al Anbar Prv:
#1: Three bodies with gunshot wounds and signs of torture were found in Haditha 250 km (150 miles) west of Baghdad, police said.

#1: Two Canadian soldiers were slightly injured Friday after a roadside bomb struck their supply convoy in the volatile Zhari district of Kandahar province. The attack occurred just after lunch, about 30 kilometres west of Kandahar City. The convoy was headed to the western Maywand district of the province to supply troops stationed there. The soldiers were traveling in a T-LAV, a heavily armoured vehicle with tank-like tracks. Genest said he had no details yet on the nature of the bomb.

#2: Earlier Friday, the district leader of Zhari district, Khairuddin Achakzai, was killed by a suicide bomber in Kandahar City. Police officials on the scene said a suicide bomber wearing a vest packed with explosives was waiting outside the politician's home. Three of the politician¹s children were also killed, while two others were injured in the blast.

#3: A suicide attacker rammed his explosive-laden vehicle into a military convoy in troubled northwestern Pakistan on Friday, wounding at least five soldiers in the blast, police said. The soldiers were traveling through the town of Tank, 50 kilometers (30 miles) west of the city of Dera Ismail Khan, when the attacker struck, said Idrees Khan, an area police chief.

#4: Islamic militants also opened fire on troops as they passed a security checkpoint near the town of Mir Ali in the North Waziristan tribal district by the border with Afghanistan. "The security forces returned fire and killed one miscreant, whose three comrades were later arrested," Arshad said.

#5: Militants attacked two security force posts before dawn in the Tiarza area, about 20 km (13 miles) north of Wana, the main town in the South Waziristan region, security officials said. The security forces suffered no casualties and killed four of the militants, they said.