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, July 7, 2008

War News for Monday, July 07, 2008

The Canadian DnD is reporting the death of a Canadian ISAF soldier in an explosion in the Panjwayi District, Kandahar province, Afghanistan on Saturday, July 5th.

July 4 airpower summary:

July 5 airpower summary:

Shortage of troops curtails U.S. military options

A U.S. attack on Iran's nuclear installations would create trouble that we aren't equipped to handle easily not with ongoing wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. Adm. Mike Mullen, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, drove that point home in a press conference last week at the Pentagon.

Reported Security incidents:

#1: Sunday Police found two unidentified bodies in Baghdad. The first body was found in Kamaliyah neighborhood in east Baghdad awhile the second body was found in Doura neighborhood in south Baghdad.

#2: An adhesive IED on a civilian car exploded in Adhamiyah, northern Baghdad injuring four civilians.. The car belonged to a university teacher, Mohammmed Sadoun who had just left the car when it blew. He was not amongst the injured

Diyala Prv:
#1: A woman suicide bomber blew herself up in a market in the central Iraqi city of Baquba on Monday, killing two people and wounding 14 others, a medic told AFP. The bomber detonated her explosives vest in Al-Mafraq market in Baquba, the capital of restive Diyala province, at around 10:45 am (0645 GMT), a police officer said on condition of anonymity.

Nine people have been killed by a female suicide bomber who blew herself up at a market in the northern Iraqi city of Baquba.

#2: A roadside bombing in northern Baquba's Al-Rahima district killed a woman, police said.

#3: Soon after the blast local people fired in the air, leaving a second woman killed by a stray bullet.

#4: Gunmen killed a member of the Sahwa Council, a U.S. backed militia, in al-Hashimiyah neighbourhood, western Baquba at around 10.30 a.m. Monday.

#5: A roadside bomb exploded killing two civilians in al-Mualimeen neighbourhood, western Baquba.

Khan Bani Saad:
#1: And two members of local anti-Qaeda fronts were killed by snipers, police added. One was murdered in Khan Beni Saad town and the other in Baquba's Al-Hashmiyat district.

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

Wassit Prv:
#1: A truck driver was kidnapped in northern Wassit province and taken to an unknown destination, a local police source said. "On Monday, unknown gunmen kidnapped a truck driver on the main road Kut-Baghdad in al-Dabouni district (60 km north of Kut) and took him to an unknown destination," the source, who preferred to remain unnamed, told Aswat al-Iraq- Voices of Iraq.

Babel Prv:
#1: Two policemen were wounded when a suicide bomber detonated his vehicle near a police checkpoint in northern Babel province on Monday, an official police source said."The attack, near a police checkpoint in the area of al-Bahbahani, (40 km) northwest of Hilla, occurred half an hour after the Babel governor's motorcade passed through the checkpoint," the source, who declined to be named, told Aswat al-Iraq – Voices of Iraq.

#1: Iraqi police and medical officials say a bomb has killed the head of a U.S.-allied Sunni group south of Baghdad. The police officer says Ali Abdul Ridha al-Badri was the head of an awakening council in Iskandariyah, 30 miles (50 kilometers) south of Baghdad, and was killed after meeting with U.S. forces. The officer says the bomb was attached to al-Badri's car.

Salahuddin Prv:
#1: Gunmen killed one civilian and wounded another on the main route between Tikrit and Tuz Monday at noon. Victims were sheep traders; both were Shiite.

Sulaiman Pek:
#1: A bomb wounded three people including the local government supervisor of the town of Sulaiman Pek when it blew up outside his house, police said. Sulaiman Pek is 160 km (100 miles) north of Baghdad.

Ninevah Prv:
#1: Six people were wounded during a mortar attack on the Mosul home of Duraid Kashmoula, the Ninevah provincial governor. Kashmoula was unharmed, police said.

#2: Six people were wounded when several mortar rounds hit the building of the local government headquarters for Nineveh province, in Mosul, 390 km (240 miles) north of Baghdad, police said.

#2: Three policemen were wounded on Monday in a bomb blast targeting their vehicle patrol in western Mosul, a security source said.“A roadside bomb went off targeting a police vehicle patrol in al-Boursa region in western Mosul, injuring three policemen,” the source, who requested anonymity, told Aswat al-Iraq - Voices of Iraq.

Tal Afar:
#1: Police say gunmen killed a member of a Sunni political party in northern Iraq as he was standing outside his house. The Iraqi Islamic Party has issued a statement condemning the killing of Abdul-Bari Ibrahim in a village near Tal Afar, 260 miles (420 kilometers) northwest of Baghdad.

Al Anbar Prv:
#1: Nine Sahwa (Awakening) tribal fighters were wounded in a suicide blast by a car bomb that targeted a checkpoint in Rawa city, 180 km west of Anbar province, an Iraqi police source said on Monday. "A car rigged with explosives rammed into a checkpoint of the Sahwa forces in the area of al-Simsimiya, (30 km) west of Rawa, wounding nine personnel," the source, who preferred not to be named, told Aswat al-Iraq – Voices of Iraq.

#1: A car bomb went off on a crowded street Monday near the Indian Embassy in Afghanistan, killing at least 41 people and wounding more than 100, officials said. Authorities said the attack in the capital of Kabul was the work of a suicide bomber. Among those killed in the attack Monday was an Indian defense attaché and a political consul, an Indian diplomatic source reported. The person spoke to CNN anonymously because he is not authorized to comment officially. Also killed were two embassy security guards and seven Afghan police officers, the source added. Dr. Abdullah Fahim of the Afghan health ministry said 141 people were injured in the blast. Ninety were admitted to hospitals, some of them children. At least two of the dead were embassy security guards, said defense ministry spokesman Gen. Mohammad Zahir Azimi. The casualty figures do not include the suicide bomber.

Two Indonesian diplomats were reportedly injured in a car bomb attack outside the Indian embassy in Kabul on Monday. The Indonesian embassy building in Kabul, which is located near the Indian embassy, was severely damaged, Foreign Ministry spokesman Teuku Faizasyah said.

#2:Four of the policemen were killed early Monday when their vehicle was blown up by a roadside bomb in the town of Tirin Kot, capital of the southern province of Uruzgan, provincial police chief Juma Gul Himat said. Seven others were wounded in the attack, he told.

#3: Further south in Kandahar province, a similar bomb blast killed three policemen and wounded four, said Niaz Mohammad Sarhadi, governor of the volatile Zharai district where the attack occurred.

#4: On Sunday, the police chief of Nawa district in Ghazni province was shot dead as he was walking through a bazaar, a spokesman for the provincial government said. "This is the work of Taliban," said the spokesman, Ismail Jahangir.

#5: Also in Ghazni, two police were killed and five wounded Sunday in a firefight with Taliban militants, Jahangir said. Two Taliban were killed and one arrested in the fighting in Ab Band district.