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

Tuesday, January 22, 2008

War News for Tuesday, January 22, 2008

The DoD is reporting a new death previously unreported by CENTCOM. Staff Sgt. Justin R. Whiting died in an IED attack in Mosul on Saturday, January 19th. He was assigned to the 3rd Battalion, 5th Special Forces Group. No other details were released.

Security incidents:

#1: One employee was killed and six others wounded when an improvised explosive device (IED) went off in southeastern Baghdad on Tuesday, police said."An IED planted by unidentified gunmen on the main road in Jisr Diala area, southeastern Baghdad, went off when a bus carrying transport ministry employees was passing by in al-Rasafa," a security source, who preferred not to be named, told Aswat al-Iraq – Voices of Iraq

#2: A roadside bomb wounded a policeman when it hit his car in Mashtal district in eastern Baghdad, police said.

#3: Four civilians were wounded when an explosive device detonated in Karrada, central Baghdad, on Tuesday, a security source said. “An improvised explosive device (IED) went off, while an Iraqi police patrol was passing by,” a security source, who requested anonymity, told Aswat al-Iraq -Voices of Iraq.

#4: US Army announced on Tuesday that a chopper, which crashed in northern Baghdad, actually had an emergency landing due to a technical malfunction and not as a result of an attack. Two other choppers evacuated the crew of the busted chopper to a nearby military base and secured the area, Press Coordinator at the Multinational Force in Iraq Abdulatif Rayyan told KUNA. Earlier today, tribe leaders Sheikh Khalaf Al-Dulaimi and Talib Al-Majmaie told KUNA that the chopper went down in al-Nibaie area at noon Tuesday, and at the same time a search operation was conducted in near by villages, resulting in the arrest of 30 suspects.

#5: Police found three bodies in Baghdad, one in Dora, in Saidiyah, in Baladiyat.

Diyala Prv:
"An Iraqi force, backed by Multi-National Force (MNF) troops, killed four gunmen and cleared the villages of Tal Tal and al-Jawr in the district of al-Muqdadiya within the continuing Operation Raider Harvest," the source, who refused to have his name mentioned, told Aswat al-Iraq – Voices of Iraq

#2: A roadside bomb killed an employee of the Transport Ministry and wounded six others when it targeted their bus in Diyala Bridge, southeast of Baghdad, police said.

#1: A suicide bomber blew himself up in front of a high school north of Baghdad on Tuesday, wounding 22 people including teachers and students arriving for the beginning of the school day. Bystanders and at least one police officer were also wounded in the 8:30 a.m. bombing, according to a policeman who spoke on condition of anonymity because he feared reprisals. The target of the latest bombing was unclear: The school is next to the provincial governor's office and a municipal building in Baqouba, 35 miles northeast of Baghdad.

#2: Iraqi security forces found the bodies of seven family members on Tuesday, all bearing signs of torture and shot execution-style, as they hunted al Qaeda fighters outside Iraq's volatile city of Baquba, police said. Police said the bodies were those of a father and his five sons as well as a nephew. The bodies, found in an orchard, had been identified by other family members, they said.

Arab Jabour:
#1: US and Iraqi ground forces edged cautiously towards an Al-Qaeda stronghold just south of Baghdad on Monday after the area was heavily bombed overnight, an AFP photographer said.
Troops of the US 6th Squadron, 8th Cavalry Regiment were using Mine Resistant Ambush Protected (MRAP) vehicles to inch forward and clearing roadside bombs with remote-controlled robots, said the photographer, who was moving with the unit. The US military said American warplanes overnight pounded suspected Al-Qaeda havens in Arab Jabour, 50 kilometres (30 miles) southeast of Baghdad.

#1: A child was killed on Tuesday in a missile explosion in southern Missan, said a police said. "A seven-year-old child was killed this morning in a missile explosion, one that remained from the former Iraqi army in al-Magar al-Kabier district, south of Amara," the source, who asked to remain anonymous, told Aswat al-Iraq - Voices of Iraq - (VOI). "The explosion took place when the child dismantled the missile to take the copper materials inside to sell it in the market," he explained.

Touz Khormato:
#1: Unknown gunmen believed to belong to al-Qaeda kidnapped two brothers in an area between Sulayman Bik and al-Qadaa districts near Touz Khormato, a police source said on Tuesday.

#1: Two policemen were wounded in an armed attack in central Basra city on Tuesday morning, Iraqi police said. Unknown gunmen opened fire on a patrol car in downtown Basra's al-Tayaran square, wounding two policemen who were taken to the hospital and causing damage to the vehicle," an official security source, who requested anonymity, told Aswat al-Iraq, Voices of Iraq.

Gunmen wounded three policemen when they opened fire on their car in central Basra, 550 km (340 miles) southeast of Baghdad, police said.

#3: local residents told the VOI that the British base in the city of Basra was rocketed on Tuesday night. "Four Katyusha rockets were fired in the direction of the British base," a witness from a residential compound in the airport environs said. "Sirens wailed more than once at the British base," he said. The British side could not be immediately contacted to learn

#1: Gunmen killed a bodyguard of Salahuddin province's police chief and wounded another in an attack on their car in Shirqat, 300 km (190 miles) north of Baghdad, police said. The police chief was not present at the time.

#1: The director of the al-Adala police station survived an assassination attempt with an improvised explosive device (IED) that targeted his motorcade in southern Kirkuk, an official police source in the city said. "An IED went off on Tuesday morning near the al-Adala police chief in the neighborhood of al-Wasti, southern Kirkuk, leaving no casualties," the source told Aswat al-Iraq – Voices of Iraq – (VOI) on condition of anonymity.

#2: A roadside bomb wounded two people when it exploded near their car in central Kirkuk, 250 km (155 miles) north of Baghdad, police said.

#3: Police found a woman body under Bardi Bridge north of Kirkuk after receiving a report from a citizen in the area. Police said there were no identification cards to identify the deceased and the body carried signs of two bullets.

#1: "An improvised explosive device went off on Tuesday morning near a police patrol in Mosul's southern area of al-Ghazalani, wounding a policeman and a civilian who were close to the scene of the blast," the source, who spoke on condition of anonymity, told Aswat al-Iraq, Voices of Iraq.

#2: a force from the Iraqi army's 4th brigade defused two explosive charges in Mosul's eastern neighborhood of al-Tahrir, but no casualties were reported on the army's side, the source added.

#3: "An Iraqi army force stationed in Mosul managed to kill a gunman in the industrial region in western Mosul and confiscated weapons and ammunitions that were in his possession," Colonel Hagi Maher, deputy commander of the 2nd brigade of the Iraqi army, told Aswat al-Iraq - Voices of Iraq

#1: A Coalition CH-47 Chinook helicopter made an emergency landing in Sorobi District, Kabul Province, today around 4 p.m. after reporting a maintenance issue. There were no indications the landing was caused by enemy activity. The site has been secured by the passengers on board and a quick reaction force from a nearby base. There have been no reported injuries as a result from the emergency landing.

#2: Militants have killed five Pakistani soldiers and wounded seven in the South Waziristan region on the Afghan border. Pakistani commanders said the militants suffered heavy losses in the attack on an observation post near the Ladha fort, which began an hour after midnight.
"The miscreants attacked the observation post of Ladha fort using heavy arms," a military spokesman, Major General Athar Abbas, told Dawn Television. A spokesman for the militants denied heavy losses, saying 10 Pakistani soldiers were killed and 13 captured.

Casualty Reports:

U.S. Army Spc. Randy Moore, 23, was hurt Jan. 13 when a homemade bomb exploded near his Humvee in Iraq. Moore lost his left hand and sustained numerous shrapnel wounds, burns and injuries to both legs, his mother, Debbi McCloy, said. The improvised explosive device exploded near Moore's Humvee in heavy fighting around Baghdad. Moore was flown to the states last week and is in an undisclosed burn hospital.