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, March 6, 2008

War News for Thursday, March 06, 2008

#1: One person was killed and five wounded by a roadside bomb in northern Baghdad's al-Waziriya district, police said.

Around 7:30 am, a roadside bomb targeted an American patrol at Al-Kasra of Waziriyah neighborhood near Taliyaa theatre .No casualties of the American patrol as it hit a civilian Kia mini bus killing one passenger and injuring five others including a woman

#2: An explosive charge, planted by unknown gunmen on the main road in al-Aazamiya neighborhood in northern Baghdad, went off, wounding three civilians,” the source, who spoke on condition of anonymity, told Aswat al-Iraq – Voices of Iraq

#3: U.S. soldiers killed three suspected al Qaeda fighters and detained 19 others in raids in central Iraq over the past two days, the U.S. military said.

#4: Two bombs went off within minutes of each other in a Baghdad commercial district Thursday evening, killing 15 people and wounding 35, police and officials at three hospitals said.
At least one of those killed died at the hospital, an official said. Karradah neighborhood, which was followed a couple of minutes later by a bomb in a nearby garbage can.

Around 6:45 p.m., an IED exploded at Al-Attar Street in Karrada neighborhood and when police and army arrived suspecting of having another IED to be defused a suicide bomber detonated himself in the crowd. (54 )persons were killed (including policemen and soldiers) and injuring 123 others(including three women).

#5: Police found two dead bodies in Baghdad today: both in Risafa bank; one was found in Bub Al-Sham and one was found in Husseiniyah.

Diyala Prv:
#1: Two people were killed and 10 wounded in clashes between al Qaeda and villagers in Tal Asswad near Baquba, 65 km (40 miles) north of Baghdad, on Wednesday, police said.

#2: Roadside bombing on Thursday killed a police officer and wounded four policemen in Diala, north Iraq, a security source said. “An improvised explosive device went off on the main road leading to Himreen dam of Khanqeen district”, Diala security source said.The source pointed out “the explosion killed a lieutenant and wounds four policemen”.

#1: Two people were wounded when a bomb exploded inside a minibus in the city of Hilla, 100 km (60 miles) south of Baghdad, police said.

#1: Two Iraqi soldiers were killed in an attack launched by gunmen in Missan on Thursday, a security source said. "Unknown gunmen driving a car opened fire and shot two Iraqi soldiers dead in central Amarra," a security source, who requested anonymity, told Aswat al-Iraq - Voices of Iraq

#1: In the morning, police found a female dead body at Nuaab Dhibat neighborhood (north Basra).

#2: Around noon, gunmen killed a policeman of border guards in downtown old Basra city near Al-Sadiq mosque.

#1: Two Iraqi soldiers were injured on Thursday when an improvised explosive device went off during a crackdown operation southwest of Kirkuk, an Iraqi army source said

#1: In the afternoon, a car exploded targeted an American patrol at Al-Noor neighborhood in Mosul city.No US casualties were reported,but the explosion injured 4 people were at the scene .

#1: Police found a dead body at Khabat bank river, west Arbil. They found out that the dead man was a Peshmarga member who was kidnapped several days ago.

#1: British-led troops are being attacked four times a day on average in the southern Afghan province of Helmand, according to the latest official figures. In a written parliamentary answer published Thursday, Defence Secretary Des Browne revealed that ISAF troops had suffered a total of 1,412 attacks instigated by enemy forces in Helmand during 2007, an average of nearly 120 each month. The highest number was 151 last December, but Browne refused to specify how many of each were the result of an ambush or improvised explosive devices.

#2: Taliban militants attacked a signal tower of a mobile telecommunication service company in Zabul province of southern Afghanistan, destroying a guards room near the tower, the police said Thursday. "Armed Taliban insurgents attacked the tower and the guards room of Areeba, a mobile phone service company, in Shar-e-Safa district of Zabul Wednesday night, destroying the room and power generator, but failed to damage the antenna," provincial police chief Mohammad yaqub told Xinhua via phone.

#3: Five senior Taliban leaders, four from Helmand and one from Zabul, escaped from Pul-i-Charki prison overnight, breaking reports from Kabul say. Taliban spokesman Zabibullah Muhajid claimed no money was paid and it was Taliban agents who had penetrated the prison security system who helped conduct the escape.