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, October 3, 2007

War News for Wednesday, October 03, 2007

Photo: When Martha Clark, the mother of slain Specialist Jonathan Rivadeneira, saw her soldier son’s flag-draped coffin at the front of the funeral ceremony, she laid her body across the casket and wept.

An Associated Press article and a Chinese media source are reporting the death of a soldier of the U.S.-led coalition forces died during a military operation in eastern Afghan province of Kunar on Tuesday, October 2nd. A coalition statement said the soldier was "killed by small-arms fire while conducting combat operations." Three other coalition soldiers were wounded in the fighting.

Security incidents:

#1: A bomb targeted the convoy of the Polish ambassador to Iraq in Baghdad on Wednesday, killing an Iraqi civilian and injuring the diplomat and at least three others, authorities said. Iraq's Interior Ministry said a parked car detonated in the downtown neighborhood of Karrada and struck a multi-vehicle Polish convoy -- sport utility vehicles that sported Polish flags on the side. The Polish deputy chief of mission in Baghdad said the ambassador was in a three-vehicle convoy traveling in Baghdad when an improvised bomb detonated. The ambassador, Gen. Edward Pietrzyk, is at the U.S. military hospital in Baghdad in stable condition. Several private security guards were wounded and rushed to hospitals. The vehicles were "burned down," the chief of mission said

A civilian passer-by died after at least two roadside bombs were detonated about 10 a.m., according to an Iraqi police official who spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to release the information. A Polish security guard, believed to be Pietrzyk's driver, died at the hospital a short time later, said Robert Szaniawski, a spokesman for the Polish Foreign Ministry. At least 11 people, including three security guards with the convoy, were also wounded in the attack in the Karradah neighborhood, police said. The guards worked for Poland's Government Protection Office, which is responsible for the security of Polish officials in Iraq, the agency's spokesman Dariusz Aleksandrowicz told the AP.

#2: U.S. forces killed six gunmen and arrested two others during operations on Monday and Tuesday in central Iraq, U.S. military said.

#3: The Iraqi army killed two gunmen and arrested 33 others across Iraq in the last 24 hours, the ministry of defence said.

Diyala Prv:
#1: GUNMEN kidnapped 13 Iraqi men on Wednesday after stopping four cars at a fake checkpoint in the town of Khalis, 80km north of Baghdad, a security source said. The source said the cars were travelling from the city of Baquba towards Kirkuk further north in Iraq. He said women travelling in the cars were left behind.

#1: Three people were killed, including a girl student, during clashes between police and gunmen in Baquba, 65 km (40 miles) north of Baghdad, police said.

#1: Gunmen killed a man when they sprayed him with bullets from their car in Iskandariya, 40 km (25 miles) south of Baghdad, on Tuesday, police said.

#1: Gunmen killed the local senior figure in Supreme Iraqi Islamic Council, on Tuesday in town of Ifach, near Diwaniya, 180 km (112 miles) south of Baghdad, police said.

#1: Gunmen attacked a police patrol, killing a police captain and wounding two others in Tikrit, 175 km (110 miles) north of Baghdad, police said.

#1: The body of a lieutenant in the traffic police was found in Ishaqi, 100 km (60 miles) north of Baghdad, police said.

#1: an explosive charge went off Wednesday near an Iraqi police patrol in east Kirkuk, killing one policeman and wounding three others, senior officer Ahmed Shmerani said.

Al Anbar Prv:
#1: In central Fallujah, one person was killed and four others wounded, including women and children, all from one family, when a missile hit a house, independent Voices of Iraq news agency reported, citing a police source. Most of the wounded were in a critical condition, the source added.

#1: Taliban militants killed two policemen and destroyed a remote government office in central Afghanistan. Dozens of militants armed with heavy weapons attacked the Ajristan district center in Ghazni province late Tuesday, burning the building and killing two policemen, Ghazni police chief Ali Shah Ahmadzai said. The remaining officers fled into a nearby village, he said. Police reinforcements, backed by the U.S.-led coalition, were sent to the remote area on Wednesday, Ahmadzai said.

#2: In southern Afghanistan, five Dutch soldiers serving with NATO's International Security Assistance Force were wounded Tuesday night in Uruzgan province after militants opened fire on them, the Dutch Defense Ministry said in a statement. The five wounded troops were transferred to a Dutch hospital in the force's main base near Tirin Kot, Camp Holland. Their injuries ranged from grazes and back injuries to broken bones, the ministry statement said.

#3: Pro-Taliban militants on Wednesday attacked a security checkpoint with rockets in Pakistan's tribal belt bordering Afghanistan, triggering a firefight that left two soldiers and two militants dead, officials said. "Three paramilitary troops from the Frontier Corps were also injured in the militant raid which took place before dawn in the Mir Ali area of North Waziristan," a local security officer said on the condition of anonymity. The insurgents retreated after they were targeted with artillery fire, which also wounded several of their fighters, he added.

#4: The Taliban on Wednesday said they attacked a military base used by German troops in Afghanistan's north-eastern city of Faizabad. Local officials confirmed that a rocket attack was launched at the base of German forces' civil-military Provincial Reconstruction Team (PRT) Tuesday night, but they said it caused no casualties.