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, May 12, 2008

War News for Monday, May 12, 2008

MNF-Iraq is reporting the death of a Multi-National Division - Baghdad soldier in a roadside bombing in an northwestern neighborhood of Baghdad on Sunday, May 11th. No other details were released.

Reported Security incidents:

#1: In separate incidents on Sunday and overnight, U.S. troops fired back at militiamen who launched attacks with rifles and rocket-propelled grenades, the military said in a statement. A total of three militants were killed, it said.

#2: Officials at Sadr City's two hospitals said they had received the bodies of two people killed and 24 wounded in clashes since Sunday evening.

#3: Around 1 p.m. gunmen killed Colonel Nibras Fadel Abbas, an Iraqi ministry of defense employee.

#1: Gunmen in a speeding car shot at Asuda women's organization headquarter, that give residence for women fleeing domestic violence, injuring one woman, yesterday.

#2: Gunmen using a taxi using machine guns attacked and injured one citizen near Qalawa apartments south of Sulaimaniyah.

#1: One Iraqi army soldier was killed and two others wounded when an improvised explosive device went off their vehicle during a security crackdown southwest of the city of Kirkuk on Monday, an army source said. "The IED detonated during operations in al-Rashad district, (35 km) southwest of Kirkuk," the source, who asked not to have his name revealed, told Aswat al-Iraq – Voices of Iraq.

#1: A bomb was planted inside a civilian car of Hussein Shaban, a former police officer and former Awakening council member in Al Shirqat south of Mosul. The blast killed him.

#1: Turkish war planes bombed Kurdish separatist PKK rebels in northern Iraq overnight but there were no casualties, a security spokesman for Iraq's Kurdistan region said on Monday. Jabbar Yawar, spokesman for Iraq's Kurdish Peshmerga security forces, said the strikes occurred in a remote part of Dahuk province near the border with Turkey. "There were no casualties," Yawar said.

#1: Two armored Humvees were missing from a U.S. military base in Afghanistan, a military spokesman said Monday. The military was investigating whether the vehicles were stolen, although officials believed they were likely still in the possession of U.S. personnel but simply unaccounted for, said Lt. Col. Paul Fanning. The two vehicles were reported missing on May 6 from U.S. Camp Phoenix in the capital, Kabul, Fanning said.