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

Wednesday, July 2, 2008

War News for Wednesday, July 02, 2008


July 1 airpower summary:

U.S. helicopter shot down in Afghanistan:

A helicopter belonging to U.S.-led coalition troops was shot down by small-arms fire south of the Afghan capital on Wednesday, but there were no serious injuries to those on board, the U.S. military said. The pilots landed the UH-60 Blackhawk helicopter safely and evacuated all personnel before it caught fire in the Kharwar district of Logar province, where Taliban militants are known to be active. "Coalition forces cleared the area using helicopters, show-of-force and firing warning rounds before using precision-guided munitions to destroy the helicopter," the U.S. military said.

A helicopter of US-led troops has been shot down by small-arms fire to the south of the Afghan capital.

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Reported Security incidents:

Baghdad:
#1: An Iraqi employee was killed on Wednesday in a bomb explosion in northern Baghdad. “One of the street cleaners was killed by a bomb blast near Adhamiyah municipality in northern Baghdad while on duty,” the secretariat said in a statement received by Aswat al-Iraq – Voices of Iraq.

#2: Tuesday Police found three dead bodies throughout Baghdad, one in Talbiyah, one in Saidiyah, one in Dora.

#3: Gunmen fired four mortar rounds from Amil area targeting the Scania complex currently used as a U.S. military camp in southern Baghdad at 2 a.m. Wednesday. The U.S. military returned fire, four 81 mm mortar rounds that hit Amil neighbourhood killing two civilians injuring ten and destroying two houses. No comment was available from the U.S. military at time of publication.

#4: A roadside bomb targeted a U.S. military convoy near Maysaloon Square in the direction of Rubaei Street, east Baghdad at around 10 a.m. said Iraqi Police. No casualties were reported.

#5: A roadside bomb tardeted civilians in Zafaraniyah, Sharikat intersection at 1 p.m. injuring three civilians.

#6: A roadside bomb targeted a U.S. military convoy near Maysaloon Square in the direction of Rubaei Street, east Baghdad at around 10 a.m. said Iraqi Police. No casualties were reported.

#7: A roadside bomb targeted a U.S. military convoy near Maysaloon Square, east Baghdad at 10 a.m. No casualties were reported.

#8: A roadside bomb tardeted civilians in Zafaraniyah, Sharikat intersection at 1 p.m. injuring three civilians.

#9: A roadside bomb went off in Palestine Street targeting a National Police patrol Wednesday evening killing two people including one policeman and wounding six including three policemen.

#10: Three unidentified bodies were found in Baghdad by Iraqi Police today; one in Nidhal Street, one in Nahdha area and one in Amil.


Diyala Prv:
Jalawla:
#1: Unidentified gunmen have distributed leaflets in the main marketplace calling the chieftains who met with the deputy UN Secretary General's representative in Baghdad, Steffan de Mistura, to leave the city otherwise they will be killed, chief of local police said onWednesday. “The leaflets call the chieftains who met the deputy of Steffan de Mistura to leave the city otherwise they will be killed,” Ahmed Khaliefa Qassab told Aswat al-Iraq – Voices of Iraq.


Nassirya:
#1:Police forces on Wednesday defused a 35kg TNT explosive device planted under a bridge in southern Nassirya city, a media and public relations director in Thi-Qar police said."The device was connected to a mobile phone device and charging battery," Brigadier Sadiq al-Mashrafawi told Aswat al-Iraq - Voices of Iraq.


Irbil:
#1: Gunmen kidnapped the manager of Noruz Satellite Station, a Kurdish speaking station under the Kurdish Ministry of Information early Wednesday. Azad Argoshi was found in very bad shape on the route to Permam resort in Erbil and has been taken to hospital for treatment.


Suaimaniyah:
Gunmen threw a hand grenade inside the residence of Judge Sarkut Awni Omer in Qalat Daza district, northeastern Suaimaniyah early Wednesday. The greater part of the house was destroyed, but there were no casualties.


Mosul:
#1: Monday A suicide truck bomb targeted the house of tribal sheikh Abdul Razaq Mejbil Al Wagaa in Al Hut village, about 30 miles south of Mosul, killing one civilian and injuring 25 others among them the sheikh and his wife and destroyed five houses.



Afghanistan:
#1: A suicide car bomber hit a convoy of NATO forces on Wednesday, wounding two Canadian soldiers, three policemen and two civilians on a road near the southern town of Spin Boldak which lies on the border with Pakistan, said border police commander Abdul Razaq.

The Canadian military denied reports Wednesday that two Canadian soldiers were wounded in a suicide attack in Afghanistan's troubled Kandahar province. The Canadian military said that a mounted patrol was hit by a suicide bomber in a vehicle, but no Canadian personnel were injured and there was no damage to Canadian vehicles.

#2: Four Taliban insurgents were killed while planting a roadside bomb late on Tuesday in Ghazni province to the southwest of Kabul, an official said.

#3: Eight Taliban fighters were killed in a clash with Afghan army after the militants ambushed an army convoy on Tuesday in Kandahar province, the Defence Ministry said.

#4: At least three policemen were killed Wednesday when a suicide bomber blew himself up near a convoy of the provincial governor in Afghanistan's south-western province of Nimroz, officials said.Governor of Nimroz Ghulam Dastagir Azad was on his way back to the provincial capital Zaranj after visiting a construction project in Khash Rod district when the blast took place.Two civilians were also killed in the attack

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