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

Friday, April 4, 2008

War News for Friday, April 04, 2008

MNF-Iraq is reporting the death of a Multi-National Division - Baghdad Airman in a roadside bombing in an central neighborhood of Baghdad on Thursday, April 3. No other details were released.

The WCF Courier is reporting the death of a Marine in in San Diego California on Wednesday, March 2nd. Marine Cpl. Cody Wanken was seriously injured in the Fallujah area last September. Wanken's family said that his death was related to the injuries he received in Iraq.

Security incidents:

#1: Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki today ordered a nationwide freeze on raids against suspected Shiite militiamen, according to a statement issued by his office.

#2: A UN official says an estimated 700 people were killed in the fighting between Iraqi government forces and Shi'ite militiamen last week. "The conflict of the last few days we estimate has claimed more than 700 lives - 700 people have been killed and more than 1500 wounded," UN Humanitarian Coordinator for Iraq David Shearer said.

#3: A Multi-National Division – Baghdad Airman was killed at approximately noon in an improvised explosive device attack in central Baghdad April 3.

#4: 3 mortar rounds fell on the Green Zone, 2 at 9.45 am and 1 at 12.30 pm, Friday. No further details were available at the time of publication.

Diyala Prv:
#1: Iraqi police say a suicide bomber has struck a funeral for a Sunni policeman north of Baghdad, killing at least 15 people and wounding eight. Police say the attacker detonated an explosives vest in the midst of the mourners at the funeral on Friday. The attack occurred in Sadiyah, a town 60 miles north of Baghdad in the volatile Diyala province.

The toll from the suicide bomb attack on mourners in Diyala province on Friday rose to 20 killed and 30 people injured, a provincial police source said.

#1: Elsewhere, a roadside bomb killed four policeman and wounded one early today in Hillah, a town 60 miles south of Baghdad, a police spokesman said.

#1: A roadside bomb killed three policemen and wounded two others when it struck their patrol in Mussayab, 60 km (40 miles) south of Baghdad, police said.

Jurf al Sakhar:
#1: One man was killed by a bomb blast on Thursday in Jurf al-Sakhar, 85 km (50 miles) south of Baghdad, police said.

#1: Iraqi troops killed seven militants and detained 16 Thursday in three separate incidents, a U.S. military statement said today.

#1: Gunmen killed a member of the U.S.-backed neighbourhood patrol in a drive-by shooting on a checkpoint near Samarra, 100 km (60 miles) north of Baghdad, police said.

#1: A roadside bomb blast struck a police patrol, killing one policeman and wounding another on Thursday in western Mosul, 390 km (240 miles) north of Baghdad, police said.

#1: A suicide bomber blew himself up near a police vehicle Friday in volatile southern Afghanistan, killing three policemen and a civilian, a police official said.The attack happened on the outskirts of Lashkar Gah, the capital of Helmand province. Eight people were wounded, including a policeman and seven civilians, said provincial police chief Mohammad Hussein Andiwal.

A SUICIDE bomber in southern Afghanistan today attacked and killed a police commander who oversaw the arrest this week of a mid-level Taliban leader.

#2: In eastern Kunar province, a truck supplying fuel to NATO troops hit a roadside bomb that killed the Afghan driver Thursday, said a statement from NATO's International Security Assistance Force. No NATO service members were hurt in the attack.

#3: One person was killed and three others injured when a Canadian military convoy opened fire on a vehicle from a private security company that failed to heed repeated demands to stop, the military said yesterday. The convoy, which was part of Canada's Provincial Reconstruction Team, was departing Kandahar Airfield on Wednesday when it spotted the vehicle moving at a high rate of speed, Canadian Forces spokeswoman Capt. Josee Bilodeau said in a statement.