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

Sunday, May 4, 2008

War News for Sunday, May 04, 2008

MNF-Iraq is reporting the deaths of four Multi-National Force – West Marines in a roadside bombing in al Anbar Province on Friday, May 2nd.. No other details were released.

Reported Security incidents:

#1: Meanwhile, Iraqi health officials said at least 10 people _ including two children _ were killed in the past 24 hours in the Baghdad neighborhood of Sadr City.

The ongoing fighting in east Baghdad's Shiite- dominated Sadr City area left at least four people dead and 41 injured in the past 24 hours, medical officials said Sunday. "Imam Ali hospital in Sadr City has received four dead and 21 wounded in the past 24 hours while al-Sadr hospital received 20 wounded," unnamed medical sources told the Voices of Iraq news agency.

#2: Jim Lockard, 46, a civil engineer from Louisville working for a contractor overseeing the rebuilding of Iraqi schools and hospitals, was killed by a roadside bomb in Baghdad, his wife said. He wasn't in so much danger. He always worked in the office and seldom left," she said. "He felt pretty safe. He didn't have to go out," but he apparently wanted to see one of his projects that had been completed. He worked for several Kentucky-based companies as an engineering project manager before signing on with the Louis Berger Group, an overseas contractor. Its Web site says the company, which has headquarters in Morristown, N.J., offers a wide range of engineering services.

#3: A roadside bomb wounded two Iraqi soldiers and two civilians when it exploded close to a military patrol near the National Theatre in central Baghdad, police said.

Four bodyguards were wounded when an explosive charge attack targeted the motorcade of Iraqi President Jalal Talabani's spouse in Baghdad on Sunday, according to a presidential statement. "One of the vehicles protecting Hiro Ibrahim Ahmed was damaged by an explosive charge blast on Sunday morning while she was heading for the Baghdad National Theater to attend the 6th Cultural Festival of al-Mada," read the statement received by Aswat al-Iraq – Voices of Iraq.

#4: Two roadside bombs exploded in quick succession in al-Maamoun neighbourhood in western Baghdad, killing a traffic policeman and a civilian and wounding eight, including four traffic policemen, police said.

#5: Around 2:45 p.m. a magnetic bomb attached to a car exploded near the Green Zone injuring one civilian.

Diyala Prv:
#1: A member of Al Sahwa (Awakening), a U.S. sponsored militia, was killed and another member was injured while trying to defuse a roadside bomb near one of Al Sahwa headquarters near Al Wajihiya area, 12 miles east of Baquba.

#1: In Basra, the Iraqi army blew up a Shia mosque housing the main headquarters of Thaarallah party, witnesses told Deutsche Presse- Agentur dpa. The Iraqi army ordered local residents living close to the mosque in Nuab al-Dubat to keep away while it blew up the mosque, the witnesses said.

#1: Gunmen bombed a policeman's house near Balad city, killing two women.

#1: Gunmen shot dead an Iraqi reporter on Sunday after pulling her out of a car in northern Mosul, a notoriously violent city where journalists are often targeted and live in fear of their life. Police said Serwa Abdul-Wahab, in her mid-30s, was on her way to work when gunmen forced her from her taxi in eastern Mosul, 390 km (240 miles) north of Baghdad, and shot her in the head.

Gunmen killed Sarwa Abdul Wahab, a journalist, a lawyer and head of the Mosul branch of the Independent Electoral Commission in Iraq. She was leaving her house with her mother in Al Bakr neighborhood in Mosul.

#2: The body of a man was found with gunshot wounds in the head and chest in Mosul on Saturday, police said.

#3: The Iraqi army shot dead a suicide car bomber, thwarting an attempted attack on their base in Mosul, 390 km (240 miles) north of Baghdad, on Saturday, police said. A soldier was wounded in the incident.

#4: The body of a decapitated man wearing a military uniform was found in Mosul, spokesman for Iraqi military operations in Mosul, Khalid Abdul-Satar, said.

#5: A man was killed and another wounded when a roadside bomb exploded near their vehicle in Mosul, 390 km (240 miles) north of Baghdad, police said.

#1: Clash between Taliban insurgents and afghan police in Afghanistan eastern Paktika province left six persons including four civilians and two militants dead, police said Sunday. "The battle took place Saturday evening when Taliban raided a police checkpoint and police returned fire killing two insurgents both of them group commanders," provincial police chief Nabi Jan Mullahkhil told Xinhua. Four more civilians were killed in fire exchange, he further said.