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, April 9, 2008

War News for Wednesday, April 09, 2008

MNF-Iraq is reporting the death of a Multi-National Division - Baghdad soldier in a roadside bombing (in Baghdad?) on Tuesday, April 8th. No other details or location were given.

MNF-Iraq is reporting the death of a Multi-National Division - Baghdad soldier in a non-combat related injuries on Wednesday, April 9th. No other details or location were given.

MNF-Iraq is reporting the death of a Multi-National Division - Center Soldier in a roadside bombing in an eastern neighborhood of Baghdad on Tuesday, April 8th. No other details were released.

MNF-Iraq is reporting the death of a Multi-National Division - North Soldier in a roadside bombing in Salah ad Din Province on Wednesday, April 9th. No other details were released.

Security incidents:

#1: Witnesses say a rocket or mortar has been fired into the Green Zone in the Iraqi capital. There was no immediate word on casualties or damage. Black smoke could be see rising after a blast from the heavily fortified area. Loudspeakers warned residents to take cover and await further instructions. Helicopters circled overhead.

The city's Green Zone, which houses diplomatic missions and much of Iraq's government, also came under renewed attack by rockets or mortars early Wednesday. The U.S. embassy confirmed the shelling, but said there were no immediate reports of casualties.

Around 9 a.m. two mortar shells hit the Green Zone.

Around 4 p.m. a mortar shell hit the Green Zone.

#2-4: Police said the seven victims in Sadr City _ including three children _ died when projectiles slammed into a house in the sprawling slum, a stronghold of the Mahdi Army militia of anti-American cleric Muqtada al-Sadr. Twenty-seven other people were wounded, said a hospital official who asked not to be identified because he was not authorized to speak to the media. Eyewitnesses in the area said the attack was carried out by U.S. helicopters, but police said the blasts were caused by mortar rounds. The U.S. military had no immediate comment.

#2: One mortar round struck the rooftop of a house where a family was having breakfast, killing three members of a family, including two children.

A few minutes later, a mortar shell hit a house in the same district, killing a woman and her two children.

#3: Another mortar struck a nearby tent set up for a condolence service for a person killed earlier in the week,

Mortar shells hit a funeral, killing eight and injuring 27, witnesses told Deutsche Presse-Agentur dpa.

#4: while a third fell on an empty plot.

#5: At least 15 people were killed and 200 wounded on Tuesday, according to hospitals in the slum, home to 2 million people.

#6: Loud explosions were heard in Sadr City, a stronghold of the Mahdi Army of radical Shiite cleric Moqtada al-Sadr, and US helicopters were striking the area which has been encircled by US and Iraqi troops for nearly two weeks.

#7: Clashes between Iraqi army and Mahdi Army militia in Sadr city, injuring three civilians.

#8: Around 8 a.m. A mortar shell hit Al Ghadeer neighborhood causing damages with no casualties.

#9: Police found two dead bodies throughout Baghdad, one in Al Husseiniyah, one in Dora.

#10: Baghdad operations command announced on Wednesday that three gunmen were killed and 33 suspects were arrested in Baghdad city, during the last 24 hours.

#11: 20 people were killed and 78 injured in the eastern Baghdad slum of Sadr City on Wednesday, Iraqi security sources said.

#12: A power plant in Sadr City, the poor neighborhood and Shiite stronghold of Moqtada Sadr, was reportedly attacked, according to the Al Mashriq newspaper."An unknown number of mortar shells struck the electric power station on Falah Street in Sadr City," a source in the Iraqi Police told the newspaper. "These mortars were launched from Sadr City toward this plant. The power plant was damaged and civil defense teams are trying to extinguish the fire."

Diyala Prv:
#1: One woman was killed on Wednesday, and two children were wounded when five mortar shells hit a residential neighborhood, in the center of Baaquba city, said an authorized security source in Diala province. "Five unknown mortar shells hit residential houses in al-Gaton neighborhood in Baaquba suburb," the source told Aswat al-Iraq – Voices of Iraq

#1: In Basra, at least eight people were killed in a U.S. military raid on the southern city, al-Sumaria reported. Circumstances of the incident were not known.

#1: An Air Force MQ-1 Predator crashed northwest of Balad at approximately 7:10 local time today.

#1: A mortar shell landed on a house in Dhuluiya, 70 km (45 miles) north of Baghdad overnight, killing a woman and wounding her four sons, police said.

Tuz Khurmato:
#1: Gunmen killed a policeman and a civilian in Tuz Khurmato, south of Kirkuk, police said.

#1: Iraqi police found a body hand-cuffed and riddled with bullets east of the northern city of Kirkuk on Tuesday.

Police found two dead bodies in northern Kirkuk.

#2: Gunmen killed a civilian in Tal al-Hadeed village near Kirkuk, 250 km north of Baghdad, police said.

Ninewa Prv:
#1: This comes as attacks in Ninewa province in the north damaged power transmission lines over the weekend, Azzaman reports. Generating stations near the Mosul dam were shut after the bombings.

#1: Two individuals, including a policemen,were killed and ten others wounded in a car bomb explosion in central Mosul, a Ninewa security source said. "A car bomb targeting a police patrol blew up in Al-Sa'a district," a police source, who requested anonymity, told Aswat al-Iraq - Voices of Iraq.

Al Anbar Prv:
#1: A Sunni Arab clerical group, meanwhile, claimed Wednesday that tribesmen who broke with al-Qaida and now work with the Americans have assassinated at least six freed prisoners in Haditha, a town in Anbar Province. Haditha police confirmed the recent killings but gave no details.

#1: Taliban militants attacked a police patrol in southern Afghanistan and the ensuing firefight left four insurgents and one police officer dead, police said on Wednesday. The attack happened on Tuesday in Marja district of the volatile southern province of Helmand when the police officers were patrolling the area, Mohammad Hussain Andewal, the provincial police chief, said.
"The fighting that happened yesterday evening left four Taliban militants dead and one police officer was also killed and another two were wounded," Andewal said.

Army private Carl “Superman” Reiher has lost part of his left arm as a result of an assault on his humvee, or armored vehicle. He is the second Marshall Islander to be seriously injured since the war started in Iraq in 2003. The firefight involving Reiher’s Army unit occurred last week (4-2007) in an unspecified region of Iraq. Family members said on Wednesday that Reiher’s humvee came under attack, first by what is believed to be an improvised explosive device. As the men piled out of the burning vehicle, they were hit by rifle fire that killed soldiers on either side of Reiher. Reiher was wounded by at least three bullets, a family member said. He was first evacuated to Germany for emergency medical treatment, and then at the weekend flown to the Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Washington, D.C. for further treatment. He was forced to have his left arm amputated below the elbow as a result of the injuries sustained in the attack, and is receiving skin grafts for burns and other treatment for his multiple wounds. He is in stable condition, the family member said.