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, January 30, 2008

War News for Wednesday, January 30, 2008

The DoD is reporting the death of a soldier at the National Naval Medical Center on Sunday, January 27th. Sgt. Mikeal W. Miller was wounded in an IED attack in Baghdad on July 9, 2007.

Security incidents:

#1: "A roadside bomb struck a police commando patrol while passing near the al-Mustansriya University in eastern Baghdad, killing a policeman and wounding four others," the source told Xinhua on condition of anonymity.

A policeman was killed and five wounded by a roadside bomb targeting their patrol near al-Mustanssiriya Square in eastern Baghdad, police said.

#2: Also in the morning, two roadside bombs detonated in a quick succession near another police commando patrol near a bridge in Baghdad's eastern neighborhood of Ghadeer, damaging a police vehicles and wounding five policemen aboard, the source said.

Five police commandos and two civilians were wounded by a roadside bomb in eastern Baghdad's al-Ghadir district, police said.

#3: Another roadside bomb went off near a police patrol close to a church in the al-Nidhal street in Baghdad's central neighborhood of Karrada, wounding two civilians, he said.

Two people were wounded by a roadside bomb in al- Nidhal Street in central Baghdad, police said.

#4: In addition, a mortar round landed on Baghdad's western neighborhood of Mansour, leaving three people injured, he added.

Three people were wounded by a mortar attack in western Baghdad's Mansour district, police said.

#5: Five people were killed and two wounded when a roadside bomb exploded near their vehicle on the southern outskirts of Baghdad on Tuesday, police said.

#6: (Tuesday) 3 Katyusha missiles hit the green zone starting at 02:50 this afternoon at almost 30 minute intervals. No casualties were reported.

#7: (Tuesday) 3 bodies were found in Baghdad today by Iraqi Police. 1 in Ma’amil, 1 in Shaab and 1 in Doura.

#8: (wednesday) Police found three anonymous bodies in Baghdad. Two bodies were found in Rusafa, the eastern side of Baghdad in the following neighborhoods (1 body in al Qanat Street and 1 body in Sleikh). The third body was found in Saidiyah neighborhood in Karkh, the western side of Baghdad.

Diyala Prv:
#1: U.S. soldiers killed four suspected militants north of Baquba, 65 km (40 miles) north of Baghdad, and detained two others on Wednesday during raids against al Qaeda, the U.S. military said. A weapons cache and materials used to make explosives were also found, it said

#2: Gunmen attacked abdul Hameed village, 10 Kms north of Baquba kidnapping three civilians.

#1: Suspected militants killed one civilian and wounded three others from the same family in Diyala province, north-east of Baghdad, media reports said Wednesday. The Iraqi News Agency Voices of Iraq (VOI) said militants attacked the civilians on the main road leading to al-Khales district.

#1: In Baquba, the capital of Diyala, two members of the Awakening Council were killed, while another three were injured, security sources told Deutsche Presse-Agentur dpa. Sources said the militants shot the vehicle of the dead near Aswad village in northern Baquba.

Tuz Khurmato:
#1: The beheaded bodies of two brothers were found in the town of Tuz Khurmato, 180 km (110 miles) north of Baghdad, police said. They had been kidnapped by gunmen a week ago.

#1: A roadside bomb detonated near the vehicle of an Iraqi television crew in Salahudin province in north of Baghdad, their television reported on Wednesday. Alaa Abdul Kareem al-Fartousi, a cameraman for the al-Furat television, was killed by the blast near the town of Balad on Tuesday, while his deputy cameraman and a female journalist were seriously wounded, the television said.

An Iraqi television cameraman and his driver were killed in a roadside bombing north of Baghdad, Al-Forat TV reported on Wednesday. The female correspondent and camera assistant traveling with them were wounded.

#1: Police patrols found an unknown body of a young man in Dalouiya district, north of Baghdad," the source, who asked to remain anonymous, told Aswat al-Iraq - Voices of Iraq

#1: (Tuesday) Fatma al-Haseni was seriously injured and her two colleagues were killed by gunmen in the Mahatta neighbourhood on the way between Baghdad and Tikrit this afternoon. Al-Haseni and her deceased colleagues worked for the Furat satellite station.

#1: (Tuesday) District Commissioner of Salman Bek district and member of the provincial council for the Kurdistan Coalition party, Talib Mohammed Mustafa survived an assassination attempt. He and his driver got away from the attack that was carried out with machine guns and other light weapons on the main road to the south of Tuz.

#1: Iraqi army forces killed a gunman while planting a bomb in Mosul al-Jadida region in western Mosul," Brig. Abdul Karim al-Juburi told Aswat al-Iraq - Voices of Iraq

#2: Security forces found two unidentified bodies last night in al-Islaah al-Zeraai region in western Mosul," he added.

#3: Gunmen killed Khalil Ibrahim, a university professor from the Islamic Sciences College, in a drive-by shooting in Mosul, 390 km (240 miles) north of Baghdad, police said. Another person in the car was seriously wounded.

Al Anbar Prv:
#1: (Tuesday) An armed group attacked a police commander’s motorcade which was also carrying some high ranking officials of the Tharthar area near Saqlawiyah town 20 km to the north of Fallujah, but were unsuccessful in their attempt. A police force was sent on their trail, with allegedly Sahwa members. They rounded up 20 people suspected of being amongst the attackers and executed them in the same neighbourhood.

#2: (Tuesday) Two truck drivers were abducted and taken along with their trucks on the route between Fallujah and Tharthar. Their hands were bound and they were killed by releasing their freight of pebbles upon them

#3: (Tuesday) The police at Saqlawiyah police station opened fire upon two suspicious men headed for the police station. The two men then exploded and it was found that they had been wearing explosive belts. 5 policemen were superficially injured.

#4: A member of Abo Zakarya Sahwa office (Abo Zakarya awakening office ) was killed and three others were wounded in a suicide car bomb that targeted the office in Thiraa’ Dijla area northwest of Baghdad on Tuesday afternoon.

#1: A suicide bomber in a vehicle tried to attack a NATO convoy in Kandahar province's Zhari district Wednesday, but instead hit a private car and wounded four civilians inside, said Kandahar's police chief, Sayed Agha Saqib. There were no casualties among NATO troops, he said.

#2: Separately, a newly planted mine exploded under another civilian vehicle in the same district on Tuesday, killing two civilians and wounding four others, Saqib said.

#3: Also Tuesday, a vehicle carrying an Afghan road-working crew hit a mine in Kandahar's Panjwayi district, killing one laborer and wounding another, Saqib said.

#4: Taliban militants beheaded four local employees of a private construction company in eastern Afghanistan on Wednesday, said the Interior Ministry in a press release. The militants abducted these people last week from Kamdish district of eastern Nuristan province and brutally beheaded them after the Taliban demand for ransom was not met by the families of the ill-fated men," said the press release.

Casualty Reports:

Spc. Javier Prieto, 2nd Battalion, 5th Regiment, 1st Brigade Combat Team, 1st Cavalry Division, recalling the patrol that took place near Forward Operating Base Warrior on Sept. 3, 2007. But the friendly mission ended abruptly when a sniper began firing at the soldiers. Prieto, a tall soldier with an ever-present smile, was hit in the right arm by a sniper's bullet. The shot went through Prieto's arm and into his chest.