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, July 20, 2008

War News for Sunday, July 20, 2008

#1: Three civilians were killed or wounded when an improvised explosive device blew up in northern the Iraqi capital Baghdad, a police source said on Sunday. "Yesterday evening, a roadside improvised explosive device (IED) planted near Sheikh Jalal Mosque in Ragheba Khatoun area, Adhamiya neighborhood, detonated killing one civilian and injuring two others," the source, who requested anonymity.

In a separate incident, another civilian was killed by a bomb planted in his car while traveling in the Adhamiya neighborhood in northern Baghdad, he said.

#2: Four civilians were killed or wounded when an improvised explosive device (IED) detonated in downtown Baghdad, an Iraqi police source said on Sunday. "A roadside explosive charge went off at the entrance of Karada city, central Baghdad, killing a civilian and wounding three others," the source, who requested anonymity, told Aswat al-Iraq - Voices of Iraq.

"A roadside bomb detonated in the morning near the al-Rahibat hospital in Baghdad central district of Karrada, killing a civilian and wounding three others," the source told Xinhua on condition of anonymity. One of the wounded is in a critical condition, and the blast also caused damages to several nearby buildings and shops, the source added.

#3: Four persons, including three police personnel, were wounded in an explosive charge attack in northern Baghdad, the second blast to hit the Iraqi capital today, according to a police source. "A roadside improvised explosive device (IED) detonated in al-Waziriya area near al-Maghreb St. intersection in northern Baghdad while a police patrol was passing the location," the source, who requested anonymity, told Aswat al-Iraq - Voices of Iraq - (VOI). "The explosion wounded four persons, including two policemen and a colonel," the source noted.

Also in northern Baghdad, another roadside bomb hit a police patrol in the Waziriyah neighborhood, wounding three civilians and two policemen, the source said.

#4: Saturday Police found 1 dead body in the Muskar Al-Rashid neighborhood (east Baghdad).

#5: Another roadside bomb went off near a passing U.S. patrol in the al-Qanat Street in eastern Baghdad, the source said. It was unclear whether the U.S. patrol sustained any casualty as the troops immediately cordoned off the area, preventing the Iraqi police from approaching the scene, he said.

#6: A parked car bomb detonated in Damascus intersection, central Baghdad at 6 p.m. killing one civilian, injuring seven people including one policemen and one baby girl.

#7: Three unidentified bodies were found in Baghdad today by Iraqi Police; one in Amil, one in Baladiyat and one in Hurriyah.

#8: Gunmen threw a hand grenade at a car selling alcoholic beverages, parked on the Jadriyah Bridge at 9 p.m. injuring four civilians.

#9: A roadside bomb exploded in al-Jaara in Madain, to the south east of Baghdad injuring three civilians including a little girl.

Diyala Prv:
#1: Three policemen were killed by a roadside bomb blast targeting their patrol in the volatile province of Diala. “An improvised explosive device(IED) went off in Bani Saad village of al-Muqdadiya town, 45 km north-east Baquba, killing three policemen”.

A roadside bomb targeted a pick up truck in Wajihiyah district, 20 km to the east of Baquba at 6.45 p.m. killing two policemen in plain clothes.

#1: A source from Wassit morgue on Sunday said they received two unidentified bodies discovered floating in the river."Al-Zahraa hospital's morgue received two bodies of a civilian wearing Arab dress while the second was clad in a sport's uniform," a source from Wassit morgue, who requested anonymity. told Aswat al-Iraq - Voices of Iraq. The source noted, "police records indicated they were discovered floating on a river in Suweira." "The bodies were decomposing, handcuffed from behind, and bore gunshot signs in the head," the source added.

#1: Policemen in the southern Iraq province of Basra found the body of a 24-year-old young woman showing signs of having been shot with four bullets on Sunday, an official police source said."The corpse was found in the area of al-Djzaer, central Basra. Investigations are ongoing to unravel the murder," the source told Aswat al-Iraq – Voices of Iraq on condition of anonymity

#1: US troops killed Sunday the son and a nephew of the governor of the Salahaddin province in northern Iraq during a military operation, a local official said. A US force launched a search operation in a residential district in Bayji and killed the 17-year old son of Hamad Mahmoud, Salahadin's governor, and his nephew, the governor's deputy, Abdallah Jabara, told the Voices of Iraq VOI news agency. US troops contacted the local government and admitted its responsibility for the incident and said the two bodies were at a US base north of Tikrit, according to Jabara.

#1: A policeman was wounded in an explosive charge attack that ripped through downtown Kirkuk city, a local security source said on Sunday.

#2: Three civilians were wounded on Sunday in an explosive charge attack that targeted a police patrol vehicle in western Mosul, Iraqi authorities said. "An improvised explosive device (IED) detonated near an Iraqi police patrol in al-Zanjili area, western Mosil, wounding three civilians," a security source, who requested anonymity, told Aswat al-Iraq ­- Voices of Iraq.

#1: Two people were killed when a suicide bomber detonated his explosive vehicle near a convoy of commercial vehicles on Sunday, a Ninewa police source said. "The bomber targeted a convoy of vehicles carrying construction materials, which were escorted by civilian vehicles for protection purposes. The blast left two men killed in the area of Karraj al-Shama, eastern Mosul," the source, who preferred not to be named, told Aswat al-Iraq – Voices of Iraq.

#2: A policeman was killed by sniper’s fire shot against his patrol in al-Masaraf roundabout, north Mosul,” a Ninewa police source, who requested anonymity, told Aswat al-Iraq-Voices of Iraq.

#3: Elsewhere in Mosul, the same source said “a civilian was killed by unknown gunmen in Eden district, east Mosul”.He noted “the gunmen broke into the victim’s house and shot him dead”.

#4: Gunmen in a speeding car open fire upon a group of civilians in al-Hadbaa neighbourhood, Mosul city at 6 p.m. killing three.

Al Anbar Prv:
#1: Iraqi police forces killed a suicide bomber before he could detonate his explosive belt near a police patrol in Anbar province, the Ministry of Interior said on Sunday. "Anbar police forces have managed to remove the explosive belt and no casualties were reported," according to a ministerial statement received by Aswat al-Iraq - Voices of Iraq.

#1: A misunderstanding between local police and coalition forces led to an airstrike in southwestern Afghanistan Sunday that left nine police officers dead, a defense ministry official said. The nine officers were mistaken for Taliban militants by coalition forces, said Gen. Mohammad Zahir Azimi. The aerial attack took place in the Anar Derah district in Farah province. It was conducted by U.S. soldiers and troops from the Afghan army, Azimi said. He did not have any further information about the attack.

#2: NATO said Sunday that its forces accidentally killed at least four civilians in eastern Afghanistan. In a statement, NATO's International Security Assistance Force said it was investigating whether three other civilians also were killed Saturday night in the Barmal district of Paktika province when its troops fired two mortar rounds that landed nearly a half mile short of their target.

#3: Separately, a mine exploded under a civilian vehicle in Gereshk district of the southern Helmand province on Sunday, killing three children and wounding four other people, said provincial police chief Mohammad Hussein Andiwal.

#4: On Saturday, militants attacked a police checkpoint in the same district but in the ensuing gunfight three Taliban fighters were killed, Andiwal said. No police were injured in that clash, he said.

#5: Meanwhile, the Ministry of Defense said Afghan soldiers battled insurgents in southern Zabul province, killing nine militants and wounding seven on Saturday.

Cpl. Matthew Sondermann, 23, suffered multiple fractures to his leg and forearm, lacerations to his face and eye and third-degree burns on his leg when an IED detonated beneath the Humvee he was operating on June 14. a member of the 1st Battalion, 6th Marine Regiment out of Camp LeJeune, N.C., is being treated at the Brooke Army Medical Center in Fort Sam Houston, Texas.