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, January 3, 2008

War News for Thursday, January 03, 2008

The Courier Journal is reporting the death of a soldier who died at the Brooke Army Medical Center in San Antonio Texas on Monday December 31st. Army Spc. Brian Gorham was wounded in an explosion in Afghanistan on Thursday, December 13th. No other details were reported.

Security incidents:

#1: Three people were killed and 11 wounded when a bomb planted at the house of a local member of the Dawa party exploded at dawn in a Shiite-dominated area of southeastern Baghdad, a police official said on condition of anonymity as he was not authorized to speak to the media. The party member, whom police did not name, was not at home when the bomb exploded. Among the dead was a man, a 13-year-old boy and a woman who was in a house next door.

#2: In the Shiite-dominated New Baghdad neighborhood in the eastern part of the city, two street sweepers were killed when a roadside bomb exploded around 7 a.m., police said. At least four others were wounded in the incident.

#3: One woman was killed and another civilian wounded when a rocket slammed into the primarily Shiite neighborhood of Washash in northwest Baghdad, police said. At least two houses were damaged.

#4: In another incident, reported by Voices of Iraq news agency, citing police sources, three members of the same family were killed when a bomb went off near their residence in Zafaraniyah, southern Baghdad. Four people were injured.

#5: Clashes between the Iraqi Army and the neighourhood patrol of Baghdad's Sunni Aadhamiya district left three patrolmen wounded on Wednesday, members of the patrols said.

#6: The MP from the Sadrist bloc Falah Shanshal said that he survived an attempt on his life on Thursday when his car was hit by a highly explosive material. A highly explosive material targeted his car, causing some material damage," Shanshal told the independent news agency Voices of Iraq Another roadside bomb, targeting his motorcade, was defused," he added.He did not accuse anyone, but said "I am waiting for the results of the interrogation." A police source said this morning that a highly explosive material targeted Sadrist Lawmaker Falah Hassan Shanshal." The blast took place in front of his house in Sadr City in eastern Baghdad," he noted." The explosion left no casualties and caused some material damage to the MP's car," the source also said.

#7: A civilian was killed and nine others were detained during raids by U.S. forces on Wednesday night in southern Baghdad, a police source said on Thursday. "U.S. forces waged a series of raids in al-Horiya village in al-Wehda outskirts in southern Baghdad, where they killed one civilian and detained nine," the source told the independent news agency Voices of Iraq (VOI) on condition of anonymity." They killed the civilian in front of his family," he added.

#8: Meanwhile, eyewitnesses said that an explosive charge went off this morning targeting a U.S. vehicle patrol in al-Naayeriya region in eastern Baghdad, damaging a U.S. vehicle."The U.S. forces cordoned off the region," he noted.

#9: a U.S. soldier was killed when his dismounted patrol was hit by a roadside bomb Wednesday in south Baghdad, according to the military said.

#10: 3 unidentified bodies were found in Baghdad by Iraqi Police today. 1 in Zafaraniyah; 2 in Saidiyah

Diyala Prv:
#1: 2 bodies were found in the village of Morjana, between Assa'diyah and Jalowlaa. An armed group dressed in Iraqi Army uniforms raided a house in the village and kidnapped 3 men yesterday. Father and son were found dead.

#2: Two people died in the town of Al-Ghalibiyah, just west of the provincial capital Baquba, when a US patrol shot up their vehicle as it entered the main street from a side road while the convoy was passing, Iraqi army major Ziad al-Ani told AFP.

#3: Two soldiers were killed and a third was injured Thursday in a small arms fire attack in the turbulent Diyala province northeast of Baghdad, a military statement said.

#1: In the other incident, US forces killed a civilian crossing the street near a gas factory in the centre of Baquba, said police Captain Muhannad al-Bawi, without giving further details.

#2: IED targets a police foot patrol in Zghaniyah neighbourhood, 7 km to the north of Baquba, killing one policeman, injuring another.

#1: During raids of suspected houses in Aswad neighbourhood in Khalis district, a booby trapped house exploded killing 6 soldiers and injuring 2.

Al Wahda:
#1: On Thursday morning, police patrols found a body on a main road in Wassit's northern district of al-Wahda," the source, who preferred to remain unnamed, told the independent news agency Voices of Iraq (VOI). "Also found with the body was an identification card bearing the name Jalal Muhammad Rasheed and issued by the Old Athletes League. The body was transferred to the morgue," the source indicated.

#1: The forensic medicine department in Basra received a female body, found by police patrols in the western section of the city, a medical source said on Thursday.

#2: Meanwhile, eyewitnesses from al-Qebla region stated that "three unidentified armed men kidnapped a woman on Wednesday and took her to an unknown place."

Tuz Khormato:
#1: 1 civilian injured by fire from armed men riding on a motorbike in the centre of Tuz Khormato district this morning.

#1: Gunmen in a car attacked a checkpoint manned by members of the Awakening council, neighbourhood patrol volunteers fighting with the U.S. and Iraqi forces against al- Qaeda, wounding three of them in the town of Hawija, 180 km (110 miles) north of Baghdad, police said.

#1: Clashes erupted between gunmen and the police killing one policeman and wounding two on Wednesday in Mosul, 390 km (240 miles) north of Baghdad, police said. police detained 16 suspected insurgents after the clashes.

Three policemen were killed and four others wounded in an attack launched by gunmen against their patrol in Mosul, northern Iraq, Ninewa police said on Thursday.“Gunmen staged an attacked with RPG launchers against police patrol at Eden neighbourhood, eastern Mosul, leaving three patrol policemen dead, including a lieutenant, and four wounded," a Ninewa police source, who requested anonymity, told the independent news agency Voices of Iraq

Tal Afar:
#1: Suicide car bomb targets the motorcade of Tala’far Police Chief, in Tala’far city to the west of Mosul. No casualties were reported.

#2: Two civilians, including one child, died when U.S. forces returned fire after a roadside bomb struck a convoy that included the police chief of the town of Tal Afar 420 km (260 miles) northwest of Baghdad, Iraqi police Brigadier-General Mohammed al-Wagaa said. The morgue in the town confirmed the deaths of the two civilians.

#1: In Arbil, in the northern Kurdish region, the city's police department chief, Abdel-Khaleq Talaat, told reporters that an element belonging to the Kurdish Peshmerga forces shot at a family, killing four of them on the spot and wounding two others. Talaat described the Peshmerga militant as 'mentally deranged.' The militant had stormed into the family's home and opened fire, in the Pitwata neighbourhood of eastern Arbil, according to the police chief.

Al Anbar Prv:
#1: A U.S. serviceman was injured on Thursday morning during an attempt to defuse a bomb by detonation, a police source said." A U.S. army patrol found a roadside bomb, planted on the main road in Ameriyat Falluja, south of the city," the source, who asked to remain unnamed, told the independent news agency Voices of Iraq (VOI)." The forces attempted to defuse the bomb by detonating it, wounding a soldier," he added, pointing out that he was rushed to a nearby hospital for treatment.No word was available from the U.S. army on the incident.

#2: Meanwhile, the same source said unidentified gunmen kidnapped a civilian and took him to an unknown location

#1: A suicide bomb attack targeting Indian road construction workers and their Afghan police escorts left seven dead and 12 wounded Thursday in southwestern Afghanistan, an official said. The convoy had been traveling on a main road toward the city of Khash Rod in Nimroz province when it was first hit by a remote-controlled bomb that was planted on a motorcycle, wounding one policeman, said Nimroz Gov. Ghulam Dastagir Azad. The convoy stopped after the primary explosion, and a suicide bomber set off a secondary attack, leaving six policemen and an Indian worker dead, Azad said. Ten policemen and two Indian workers were wounded.