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

Saturday, July 12, 2008

War News for Saturday, July 12, 2008

Reported Security incidents:

#1: In north Baghdad, a US patrol was hit by a bomb in the predominantly Sunni district of Azamiyah, police told the Voices of Iraq (VOI) news agency. It is not immediately known whether the attack caused any casualties or damage.

#2: In the southern Durra district, a bomb blast left two civilians injured, police sources told VOI.

#3: Around 3 p.m. a roadside bomb targeted civilians in Al Sleikh neighborhood injuring six civilians.

#4: Around 4 p.m. a bomb attached to the civilian car of Brig. Gen. Faris Amir, the deputy of general director of traffic police, exploded in Al Baladiyat neighborhood. Amir survived the explosion.

#5: Police found one body throughout Baghdad in Al Ghazaliyah neighborhood.

#1: About 11:30 a.m. an explosion killed two men in Saraw village (about 60 miles south of Sulaimaniyah) and started a fire in one of the houses. Police said they are investigating the incident.

#1: The police chief of Kirkuk, Ahmed Shamarani, was lightly injured while two policemen in the convoy were seriously wounded in the attack in south Kirkuk, 250 kilometres north of Baghdad, security sources said. Two women were also injured.

A roadside bomb targeted the convoy of the commander of quick response force in Kirkuk Col. Ahmed Al Shemirani in Al Khadhraa neighborhood central Kirkuk, killing one woman was passing by and injuring one civilian and injuring Al Shemirani and one police officer.

#1: Gunmen ambushed a police patrol, killing two policemen and wounding a traffic policeman in Mosul, 390 km (240 miles) north of Baghdad, police said.

#2: Gunmen killed an off-duty policeman when they fired on his car on Friday in Mosul, police said.

#3: A grenade attack killed one civilian and wounded a policeman in eastern Mosul, police said.

Tal Afar:
#1: Iraqi army found seven dead bodies near Al Mahalabiyah village south west of Mosul. The seven civilians were kidnapped yesterday.

Police found the bodies of seven people, including a woman and a child, in Tal Afar, about 420 km (260 miles) northwest of Baghdad, the town's mayor, Major-General Najim Abdullah, said. They had been kidnapped two days before.

#2: One policeman was killed when a roadside bomb went off at the road in al-Aiadhiya area of Tal-Afar suburb (western Mosul)," the source told Aswat al-Iraq – Voices of Iraq – (VOI).The source did not mention further details.

#1: Mortar shells fired from Afghanistan wounded six Pakistani security forces along the border. The six mortars were fired overnight on Friday and fell close to a military post in the town of Angore Adda in the South Waziristan tribal region, Major General Athar Abbas said. Pakistani forces immediately returned fire, and "casualties were reported on the other side," he said.

#2: A Pakistani driver was killed and two people were injured when a convoy carrying fuel and other supplies for US-led forces in Afghanistan was attacked by Taliban near Kandahar on Friday. The convoy had crossed into Afghanistan from Chaman on Friday morning and was going to Kandahar when it was attacked in Loya Wala area, Afghan officials said. The injured were taken to Kandahar.According to sources, the convoy was attacked with heavy weapons, including rockets and heavy machine-guns. “Five oil tankers and containers carrying fuel and food items for the US-led forces in Afghanistan were destroyed in the attack,” Afghan commander Abdul Raziq Panjsheri told Chaman-based journalists on telephone.

#3: A suicide bomber on foot blew himself up near a joint convoy of police and army. Two soldiers and a six-year-old boy were killed," provincial police chief Mohammad Hussein Andiwal said. Four other people including a police officer were wounded in the blast in the province's restive Marja district, the police commander said.

Casualty Reports:

Air Force Capt. Timothy O'Sullivan was embedded with the Iraqi army's 14th Division as a senior adviser, working with British and Australian military training teams, making sure the Iraqis were equipped with weapons, ammunition and food. On March 2, he was in a convoy heading to Basra in a tank with five other troops. They passed under a bridge rigged with an explosive device. He did not remember the sound of the 80-pound explosive projectile that detonated three feet behind his head, crippling the tank. He did not know he was bleeding internally and suffering from a traumatic brain injury.

Spc. Kalani A. Echang contacted his wife earlier today from Bagram Air Base in Afghanistan. A release from the Guam National Guard states he has sustained injuries to his lower body. A Guam Army National Guard Soldier wounded in a vehicle explosion yesterday has been determined stable and responsive.

Robert Barthel, a sergeant in the U.S. Army was injured Tuesday near Nasser Wa Salam in Iraq. Barthel and his squad were on patrol when their Stryker was struck by an improvised explosive device, according to his mother Sally Cleveland of Sturgis. Barthel was severely injured in his right leg and foot. After a failed attempt to restore circulation to his right foot, he was flown to Germany, where his right foot was amputated.