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, January 12, 2008

War News for Saturday, January 12, 2008

Photo: A Sunni militant guards a checkpoint at Baghdad's al-Adhamiyah district in 2007. Shiite and Sunni members of Iraq's parliament have buried their differences to pass a controversial bill allowing former officials of Saddam Hussein's Baath party to return to public life. (AFP/File/Ali Yussef)

Security Incidents:

BAGHDAD - U.S. forces arrested 15 gunmen during operations on Friday and Saturday in central and northern Iraq, the U.S. military said.

BAGHDAD - Two roadside bombs exploded in succession, wounding two people in Palestine Street in eastern Baghdad, police said.

Baghdad - Two unknown bodies found in Baghdad

Baghdad - Around 10 a.m. two roadside bombs targeted civilians in Beirut square, injuring two civilians.

Baghdad - 1 hostage freed, 7 suspects arrested during past 24 hours. The Iraqi security forces managed to set free a kidnapped hostage, arrest seven wanted men and suspects and seize three vehicles owned by gunmen in Baghdad's al-Karkh and al-Rasafa sections within the Baghdad security plan Fardh al-Qanoon during the past 24 hours, an official said.

Diyala - A parked car bomb targeted an Iraqi army convoy in Al Wajihiya, two soldiers were injured, one civilian and one child were injured. [Another story says that four security men were wounded. I don’t know if this is the same incident or not. – dancewater]

Nineveh - Gunmen killed a police officer near his house in Al Sukar neighborhood.

Sulaimaniyah - Gunmen killed Sherwan Uthman, a liquor shop owner, in Sulaimaniyah yesterday night, police said.

DHULUIYA - Gunmen killed six people in attacks on two houses, including a former Iraqi army officer and two members of a U.S.-backed neighbourhood patrol in a village near Dhuluiya, 70 km (45 miles) north of Baghdad, police said.

Anbar province - U.S. soldier killed in non-combat incident in Anbar

Basra - Policeman killed, 1 wounded by gunmen fire in Basra

Mosul - Gunman arrested, arms cache seized in Ninewa Police forces discovered a cache of weapons and ammunition in Ninewa's Talafar district and arrested a gunman who was hiding inside, a local police chief said on Saturday. A local police force found a cache of arms and ammunition inside a house in al-Bawari area, western Mosul, and arrested a gunman who was inside it.