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

Monday, February 11, 2008

War News for Monday, February 11, 2008

The DoD is reporting the death of a Navy SEAL in an IED attack in Iraq on Thursday, February 7th. No other details were released. The Pilot on line reports that six other SEALs were wounded in the attack.

Mnf-Iraq is reporting the death of a Multi-National Divison – North Soldier from an IED attack in Iraq on Sunday, February 19th. Two other soldiers were wounded in the attack.

Security incidents:

#1: Two car bombs rocked Baghdad on Monday, killing 11 people and wounding 30. Witnesses said the bombs exploded in the southeastern neighbourhood of Jadriyah around noon (0900 GMT) as Gates was about to leave the country.

#2: Around 8:30 a.m. a roadside bomb targeted a civilian car in Al Mashtal area, killing one civilian and injuring two others.

#3: Around 9 a.m. a roadside bomb exploded near Al Mansour fuel station injuring two people.

#4: Waheed also said authorities had found a huge bomb Monday at the entrance to the electricity ministry in Baghdad. The explosives were safely defused, but the discovery underscored the continued threat to government infrastructure despite stepped up security measures. "Today the bomb reached the ministry's entrance," Waheed told The Associated Press. "If there is no security or political stability I cannot promise people any progress in the electricity sector."

#5: Five individuals were wounded on Monday when a booby-trapped car went off near a police station in southern Baghdad, a source from the Interior Ministry said."A car bomb detonated, parked near Balat al-Shuhadaa police station in al-Doura neighborhood in southern Baghdad, injuring five, including two policemen," the source told Aswat al-Iraq – Voices of Iraq

#6: Around 6 p.m. a parked car bomb near a police station in Dora neighborhood, injured three civilians and two police officers.

#7: Police found three bodies throughout Baghdad, one in Fidhiliyah, 1 in Obeidi and one in Tobchi.

Diyala Prv:
#1: One U.S. soldier was killed and two others wounded on Sunday when a roadside bomb hit their vehicle in Diyala province, east of Baghdad, the U.S. military said.

#1: Gunmen kidnapped Dr. Ahmad Al Jubouri in Muqdadiyah

#2: Gunmen attacked an Iraqi army patrol in Muqdadiyah, three gunmen were killed.

#1: A bomb placed in a neighborhood official in Hilla exploded yesterday, injuring four people.

#1: A British journalist and his interpreter were kidnapped by unidentified gunmen near Qasr al-Sultan hotel in central Basra on Sunday, police said. Gunmen in two vehicles kidnapped British journalist Butler Richard, who works for the CBS news foundation, and his Iraqi interpreter and led them to an unknown place," a police source, who asked for anonymity, told Aswat al-Iraq – Voices of Iraq

#2: A police force released two of top Shiite cleric Ali al-Sistani's aides in western Basra during clashes that left one of the kidnappers killed, five others arrested and three police personnel wounded, an official police source said on Monday.

#1: Police found four bodies with gunshot wounds near Baiji, 180 km (110 miles) north of Baghdad, police said.

#1: Two suspected al Qaeda militants were killed and seven detained southeast of Samarra, 100 km (62 miles) north of Baghdad, the U.S. military said.

#1: A bomb struck a gas pipeline in northern Iraq on Monday, causing widespread power outages that the electricity minister warned could last up to a week. The explosion devastated the section of pipeline in the Sebat district about 30 kilometers (20 miles) northeast of Tikrit. Police officers and a gas company engineer, speaking on condition of anonymity because they weren't authorized to release the information, said firefighters had the blaze under control, but the pipeline had been shut down and would need several days of maintenance. Electricity Minister Karim Waheed said the pipeline had provided fuel to power stations in the northern cities of Kirkuk and Beiji and the blast would mean a weeklong cut in electricity for the area.

#1: A suicide car bomber blew himself up in eastern Mosul, wounding a woman and a child, police said.

#2: Three gunmen were killed and one Iraqi soldier wounded in clashes in western Mosul, 390 km (240 miles) north of Baghdad, a military spokesman in Nineveh province said.

#3: Mortar shells slammed into Al Zinjeli area in Mosul, injuring two residents.

#4: Gunmen attacked and injured one man near Mosul.

#1: A civilian was killed and his son wounded when a landmine went off in the district of Juman, near the Iraqi-Iranian borders, on Monday, a source from the anti-landmines institution in the Iraqi Kurdistan region said.

#1: The governor of an important and volatile southern province in Afghanistan escaped an apparent assassination attempt Monday after a bomb exploded by his vehicle convoy, officials said. The bomb, aimed at the convoy of Kandahar Gov. Asadullah Khalid, wounded three civilians, Khalid's office said in a statement. Khalid was not wounded.

#2: Also in the south, a militant cleric and two of his children were killed when a bomb he was preparing in his home exploded prematurely, an official said Monday. Mullah Abdul Wasay was tinkering with the explosives at his home Saturday night in Helmand province when they blew up, said provincial police chief Mohammad Hussein Andiwal. Wasay's wife and daughter also were seriously wounded, he said.

#3: Troops from NATO's International Security Assistance Force, meanwhile, killed an Afghan riding in a car that had driven too close to the soldiers in the western province of Farah, ISAF said in a statement.