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, July 8, 2008

War News for Tuesday, July 08, 2008

Caption: Ted Rall.

The DPA is reporting the death of a U.S. soldier soldier in a roadside bombing in an western neighborhood of Baghdad on Tuesday, July 8th. Four other soldier were wounded in the attack.

NATO is reporting the death of an ISAF soldier in a roadside bombing in Kunar Province on Tuesday, July 8th. Four other soldiers were wounded in the attack. No other details were released. At this time we believe these to be American soldiers.

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Reported Security incidents:

#1: A U.S. unmanned aircraft on Tuesday came down in southern Baghdad, a U.S. army media adviser said, linking the incident to technical reasons. "The plane fell on Monday due to technical reasons and has been restored. It was not shot down," Abdul Lateef Rayyan told Aswat al-Iraq - Voices of Iraq. Meanwhile, the so-called 'Al-Jihad wal Taghyeer (Jihad and Change) Front' claimed responsibility for the attack in a statement published on its official Web site. The front said that its members downed a U.S. unmanned aircraft in Baghdad's southern area of al-Mahmoudiya on Monday.

#2: Five suspects were arrested, and stolen vehicles and explosive charges were seized during two search-and-raid operations in eastern and northern Baghdad, an official spokesman for the capital's operations command said on Tuesday.

#3: On Monday, gunmen killed Dr. Salih Abed Hassoun, dean of college of law of Al Qadisiyah University, as he was driving his car in central Baghdad.

#4: Around 10 a.m. guards of ministry of labor and social affairs injured 10 civilians when the guards started shooting in the air to disband men and women gathering to receive salaries in Al Waziriyah neighborhood.

#5: Around 2 p.m. gunmen killed Entisar Ibrahim, Iraqi airways employee, in Al Amil neighborhood.

#6: Around 8 p.m. a roadside bomb targeted police vehicle near Al Andalus square central Baghdad, injuring two policemen and three civilians.

#7: Iraqi police found three bodies throughout Baghdad, one in Al Amin, one in Al Amil, one in Mansour.

Diyala Prv:
#1: In Diyala, north-east of Baghdad, separate twin bomb blasts left six people injured, three of them policemen, security sources told the Voices of Iraq (VOI) news agency. No further details were available.

#1 Three gunmen were killed on Tuesday when clashes erupted between them and Iraqi police in the province of Diala, a security source said. The clashes broke out in the village of al-Makhisa, Abi Sayda district, and left three members of al-Qaeda killed," the source, who asked not to have his name revealed, told Aswat al-Iraq – Voices of Iraq, not giving more details.

Balad Ruz:
#1: "A short while later, another IED went off near an Iraqi police patrol on the main street linking the district of Baladruz, (45 km) southwest of Baaquba, to the district of Kanaan inside the city, wounding three policemen," the source added.

#1: A civilian man was killed in an attack by unidentified gunmen on his store in downtown al-Kut city on Tuesday, a police source in Wassit said."Three unidentified gunmen opened their fire at Ammar Shakir inside his store selling and changing auto oil, killing him instantly," the source, who did not want to be named, told Aswat al-Iraq – Voices of Iraq – (VOI), not giving further information on the incident.

#1: In nearby Tikrit, a policeman was killed by a bomb overnight, the security official said. The incident occurred when the policeman, driving the car of the province's police chief, was on patrol in Arbin street at 2:00 a.m. (Monday, 2300 GMT).

#1: In the northern Salahaddin province, a US force stormed Monday night the house of an officer in the former Iraqi army in the village of al-Sheikh in the Shirkat area, a local security official told Deutsche Presse-Agentur dpa. The troops killed the officer, ordered his family out and set the house ablaze, the official said. The ex-officer was working as a lorry driver in the area, according to the official.

#1: A roadside bomb wounded one woman and a policeman outside a court building in Kirkuk, 250 km (155 miles) north of Baghdad, a police chief Brigadier-General Sarhat Qadin said.

A policeman and three civilians, including a woman, were wounded when an improvised explosive device (IED) went off near a courthouse downtown Kirkuk province on Tuesday, a security official said.

Ninevah Prv:
#1: The U.S. military says a roadside bomb has killed four contractors and injured eight others in northern Iraq. The military says in a statement that the bomb struck a convoy carrying the contractors Monday near the northern city of Mosul, 225 miles (360 kilometers) northwest of Baghdad.

#2: Gunmen killed two people in two separate incidents in western Mosul on Monday, police said.

#1: update Four Indians including a senior Army officer posted as a military attache and an Indian Foreign Service officer have been killed in the suicide attack on the Indian Embassy in Kabul. Indian military attache Brigadier R D Mehta and press counsellor V Venkat Rao along with two Indo-Tibetan Border Police personnel - Ajai Pathania and Roop Singh - posted at the Embassy are among the 41 people who have been killed. A fifth employee of the Embassy, an Afghan, Niamutullah has also been killed in the blast.

#2: At least one man was shot dead and several others were injured by US troops near Iran's Embassy in Kabul on Monday, informed sources said. Meanwhile, spokesman for Afghanistan's Interior Ministry Zemarai Bashary confirmed the report in an interview with IRNA saying that the number of victims would be announced later. The informed sources also added that the shooting took place when a US army vehicle opened fire on a civilian vehicle. Some security sources of Afghanistan also said that a number of Afghan security officers were also among the victims. The sources added that there were clashes between Afghanistan's National Security forces and the US troops after the shooting.

#3: A U.S. aircraft carrier has moved to the Arabian Sea to support military operations in Afghanistan, leaving the Gulf without a carrier, U.S. defense officials said Tuesday.