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 26, 2008

War News for Saturday, January 26, 2008

MNF-Iraq is reporting the death of a Multi-National Division – Center Soldier from noncombat a related cause in Iraq on Friday, January 25th. No other details were disclosed.

Security incidents:

#1: One of the explosions was a roadside bomb that targeted a U.S. patrol in eastern Baghdad. A police officer said the blast site was sealed by American forces and there was no immediate way to detail damage or casualties. There was no immediate report of the incident from the U.S. military.

#2: Another police officer confirmed a mortar round hit the heavily protected Green Zone. The Americans did not report damage or casualties from that incident either. Both officers spoke anonymously because they were not authorized to release the information.

#3: Iraqi troops foiled an attempt to kidnap a businessman in central Baghdad and arrested the kidnapers, a security source said on Saturday. "Iraqi army troops managed, Friday evening, to arrest 14 gunmen clad in police while trying to kidnap a businessman in al-Andalus square, central Baghdad," the source told Aswat al-Iraq- Voices of Iraq- (VOI) .The source added that five police-like-4wheel drive vehicles were also confiscated during the arrest. The source provided no further details. On Friday, a security source told VOI that Iraqi forces detained 14 gunmen clad in police near al-Andalus square.

#4: Around 10 a.m. a roadside bomb targeted civilians near Al Shaab soccer stadium, injuring five civilians.

Diyala Prv:


#1: In Baquba, some 60 kilometres north of Baghdad, joint US-Iraqi forces killed three al-Qaeda militants during military operations Friday, the Iraqi news agency Voices of Iraq (VOI) said.

#2: One civilian was killed and another injured when an explosive device went off near the same city.

#1: Gunmen killed Yasir Khadim al-Mudhafer, a sheikh loyal to Shi'ite cleric Moqtada al-Sadr, outside his house on Friday in Najaf, 160 km (100 miles) south of Baghdad, a Najaf governorate spokesman said.

#1: "The Multi-National Force (MNF) troops killed three terrorists southwest of Samarra city on Friday," according to a U.S. army statement received by Aswat al-Iraq – Voices of Iraq

Touz Khormato:
#1: Unidentified gunmen kidnapped two truck drivers in a fake checkpoint near the district of Touz Khormato, 110 km southwest of Kirkuk, on Saturday, an official police source in the city said. "Two unidentified gunmen stopped two trucks carrying goods from Baghdad to Kirkuk in a fake checkpoint and led the drivers to an unknown place," the source, who asked not to have his name mentioned, told Aswat al-Iraq – Voices of Iraq

Sulaimaniya prv:
#1: Policemen in Sulaimaniya province found the body of a worker in one of the villages of the district of Qora Dagh, a police source said on Saturday. "Sulaimaniya policemen found on Friday night the body of a 27-year-old worker showing signs of having been shot in Qora Dagh, southwest of Sulaimaniya," the source, who refused to be named, told Aswat al-Iraq – Voices of Iraq. The killed man was an inhabitant of Karbala province.

#2: The second body belongs to a Kurd young man was found in Sulaimaniyah city with gunshots in the body, police said.

#1: Two Afghan National army soldiers were slightly injured in a suicide bomb attack in the Musa Qala district of southern Helmand province, officials said on Saturday. The Afghan Defence Ministry statement quoting officials of Army Corp No 205 said a suicide bomber was trying to enter into a military compound but was stopped when Afghan soldiers who opened fire on him.

#2: Gunmen kidnapped a burqa-clad American aid worker and her driver while they were traveling through southern Afghanistan early Saturday, a provincial governor said. The two were stopped by gunmen outside the southern Afghan city of Kandahar, said Gov. Asadullah Khalid. He blamed the kidnappings on the "enemy of Islam and the enemy of Afghanistan."

Casualty Reports:

Army Lt. David Wilson was struck in the abdomen by a sniper's bullet in Balad, Iraq, on Dec. 8. The bullet went in one side and out the other, causing severe internal injuries that required Wilson to be evacuated from Iraq to Germany, then to Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Washington, D.C., for more than a dozen surgeries. Doctors told the West Point and 2001 Cathedral Prep graduate he could be ready to walk again in six to eight more weeks.

Marine Lance Cpl. Joshua Bleill, 30, lost both his legs above the knees when a bomb exploded under his Humvee while on patrol in Iraq on October 15, 2006. He has 32 pins in his hip and a 6-inch screw holding his pelvis together.

Chris McGraw, the Huron soldier who was injured in Iraq last week, is undergoing medical treatment at Fort Campbell in Kentucky. Chris, a 30-year-old staff sergeant in the 101st Airborne Division, was transferred to Fort Campbell from a military hospital in Germany on Jan. 19. His parents, Brian and Katy McGraw, girlfriend Ashlea Bache and brother Kevin, who is a Sandusky firefighter, went down to visit earlier this week. Chris was wounded in a firefight on Jan. 15 during his third tour in Iraq. He has undergone surgeries to repair his severely damaged right arm. There is nerve damage to his right hand, and it is unclear whether he will regain full use of that arm, Kevin said.

Army Specialist Daniel O'Neal was injured in Iraq, hit in the head by shrapnel, and is mostly deaf in one ear. After losing much of his memory and most of his hearing in one ear in an attack in Iraq, O'Neal was forced to return to war.

Steve Holloway--A year ago, a sniper crippled Steve in Iraq.As he laid there on the asphalt, his men working to save his life, he knew there was something wrong with his legs. "It didn't take long that I'd been hit and I knew right away I had a spinal injury. My legs went numb. Pretty scary experience," says Holloway.Steve spent months at Walter Reed and in recovery. He's got some sensation in his right leg, but for the most part he's paralyzed from the waist down.