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

Tuesday, June 10, 2008

War News for Tuesday, June 10, 2008

NATO is reporting the death of an ISAF soldier in an explosion in Northern Afghanistan on Tuesday, June 10th. No other details were released. The AP is reporting that a Hungarian soldier died while trying to disarm a roadside bomb.

Reported Security incidents:

#1: In Baghdad, five civilians were injured when a vehicle packed with explosives was detonated near the ministry of industry and minerals, Kassem Atta, spokesman of Baghdad’s operations, told Voices of Iraq (VOI) news agency.

#2: Atta said another suspected car bomb was detonated near the Nesoor area, west of the Iraqi capital. No injuries or deaths were reported from the explosion.DPA

#3: Meanwhile, Iraqi soldiers cordoned off an area of eastern Baghdad on Tuesday to search houses, acting on a tip about militants hiding there, an officer said. An Associated Press reporter at the scene said a suspected car bomber rammed into the fence of a house before gunmen burst out of the vehicle running. A gunbattle erupted, with Iraqi soldiers killing at least one of the men. Two others escaped, and a fourth wounded man was arrested.

#4: Monday Two Iraqi police officers were wounded when insurgents attacked their patrol car with a rocket-propelled grenade in the Shaab district of Baghdad, police said.

#5: A roadside bomb targeted a police patrol in Shaab neighborhood (east Baghdad). No casualties reported.

#6: Iraqi and U.S. forces killed three militants and detained five others in northern Iraq in an operation against al Qaeda militants, the U.S. military said.

#7: A roadside bomb wounded four people on Saadoun street in central Baghdad, police said.

#8: A roadside bomb detonated near Al-Mahmodiyah(south of Baghdad). Two people were wounded.

#9: Police found three dead bodies in Baghdad today: 2 were found in Karkh bank; 1 in Bayaa and 1 in Mansour .While 1 was found in Zayuna in Risafa bank.

Thi Qar Prv:
#1: Four security guards were wounded when an explosive charge went off near a motorcade carrying a provincial council member in Thi-Qar province, a police source said on Tuesday. "An improvised explosive device planted on the road leading to al-Hajjam area in southern Souk al-Shoyoukh area detonated while a motorcade carrying Abdel Ali Rissan, a provincial council member, was passing the location," Major Nasser al-Majidi told Aswat al-Iraq-Voices of Iraq

#1: Iraqi police say the head of Saddam Hussein's tribe has been killed by a bomb that was planted on his car. Sheik Ali al-Nida was the head of Iraq's al-Bu Nasir tribe, a large Sunni Arab clan which includes Saddam's family. An Iraqi police officer says al-Nida and one of his guards died in the explosion Tuesday morning. Three other guards were seriously wounded. He says the bomb exploded while al-Nida drove through the Wadi Shishain area of Tikrit, Saddam's hometown, about 80 miles north of Baghdad.

#2: Separately, militants killed Ali Hussein Ali, a former high-ranking army officer, while he was driving between the northern cities of Tikrit and Beiji, police sources DPA.

Gunmen opened fire on an accountant for Al-Zawra Co., one of Asia Cell's communications companies. The accountant, who was a former officer during Saddam's reign, was on his way between Biji and Tikrit. The gunmen also confiscated $60,000 which was with the accountant.

Tuz Khurmato:
#1: Gunmen threw a hand-grenade at a house, wounding four members of the same family in Tuz Khurmato, 170 km (105 miles) north of Baghdad, police said.

#2: The mayor of Salman Bek district survived an assassination attempt on the road that leads to the district, during which one of his bodyguards was injured, the mayor of Tuz Khormato said on Tuesday. “A bicycle bomb, left on the road that inks Tuz Khormato to Salman Bek, went off targeting the vehicle of Mayor Rashied Ali, wounding one of his bodyguards,” Mohamed Rashied told Aswat al-Iraq – Voices of Iraq. He did not add further details.

#1: The U.S. army on Tuesday discovered four (bodies of) Iraq security elements that were kidnapped earlier, a military source said.“Four kidnapped person were found dead in Ninewa province,” said a U.S. army statement received by Aswat al-Iraq - Voices of Iraq. The announcement noted “four persons had been kidnapped in Talzala and Mahalabiya villages in Ninewa.”It identified two of them as policemen and the other two as fresh recruits.

#2: Two civilians were killed by unknown gunmen in eastern Mosul city, said a source from Ninewa police on Tuesday. "Unknown gunmen, driving a modern vehicle, opened fire on two civilians in al-Dargezliya neighborhood, eastern Mosul," the source told Aswat al-Iraq - Voices of Iraq on condition of anonymity. "The two victims died instantaneously," he said. "One of them is a civil servant at Ninewa health directorate, while the other is a labor," he explained.

Duhuk Prv:
#1: Turkish warplanes attacked northern Iraq on Monday, Iraqi security officials said on Tuesday, bombing a mountainous area that is home to rebel Kurdish separatists. Jabbar Yawar, spokesman for Peshmerga security forces in Iraq's largely autonomous Kurdistan region, said the warplanes struck an area near Nerwa Wa Rekan, a village in the northern province of Dahuk. There were no reports of any casualties. An Iraqi border guard said it was an artillery attack, not a bombing by airplanes.

#1: Pakistani intelligence agents and paramilitary forces have helped train Taliban insurgents and have given them information about American troop movements in Afghanistan, according to a report published yesterday by a U.S. think tank. The RAND Corp. study also warned that the United States will face "crippling, long-term consequences" in Afghanistan if Taliban sanctuaries in Pakistan are not eliminated. The study, "Counterinsurgency in Afghanistan," ...

#2: The Defence Department says an Australian soldier injured in Afghanistan last week has returned home for medical treatment. The soldier suffered smoke inhalation while trying to put out a fire in a Bushmaster troop carrier. The Department says the soldier has returned to the Holsworthy military hospital in New South Wales for specialist medical assessment.