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

Friday, August 1, 2008

War News for Friday, August 01, 2008

MNF-Iraq is reporting the death of a U.S. Soldier in a non-combat related incident in an Ninewah Province on Thursday, July 31st. Two other soldier were wounded.

NATO is reporting the death of an ISAF soldier in an IED attack in Khowst Province, Afghanistan, on Friday, August 1st. No other details were released. We assume this to be an American soldier.

The AFP is reporting the deaths of four ISAF soldiers in an IED attack in eastern Afghanistan on Friday, August 1st. No other details were released.

July 30 Airpower Summary:

The statistics showed 387 civilians were killed last month, down from 448 in June. The July figure was less than a quarter of the civilian death toll in the same month last year.

Reported Security incidents:

#1: A bomb planted on a car killed one person and wounded another in the Qadissiya district of western Baghdad, police said.

#1: The body of a man was found, with apparent signs of torture, in central Kut, 150 km (95 miles) southeast of Baghdad, police said.

#1: Iraqi insurgents carry out a rocket assault on the Polish Echo military base near Al Diwaniyah, central Iraq. The assault was carried out with a few missiles at 4.30 Friday morning. One American civilian employed in the logistic services, died as a result. None of the Polish troops was hurt, the National Defence Ministry has informed, as reported by TVN24 television.

#1: Iraqi army forces killed four gunmen, two of them were suicide bombers, and captured six others in a large-scale security raid east of the district of al-Dalouiya on Friday, an army source said.

Iraqi soldiers killed four militants and arrested eight others during fighting in the town of Dhuluiya, 70 km (45 miles) north of Baghdad, an Iraqi army official said. Three Iraqi soldiers were also wounded.

#1: Three Iraqi soldiers were killed and another soldier injured by a bomb blast in the northern Iraqi province of Kirkuk, an Iraqi army source said Friday. The incident appeared to be the result of a roadside bomb that targeted an army patrol between the districts of al-Rashad and al-Humayra. The explosion totally destroyed the patrol vehicle, senior army officer, Shawan Shamirani told Voices of Iraq (VOI) news agency.

#2: Also, in Kirkuk police found the bodies of a man and his wife. The two corpses showed signs of gun shots. It is believed that the deaths occurred five days ago, a police source who spoke on the condition of anonymity told VOI news agency.

#1: A group of Taliban militants attacked a police checkpoint in Nad Ali district of the volatile Helmand province on Thursday night, Mohammad Hussain Andewal, the provincial police chief, said. The firefight left three Taliban fighters, a policeman and a civilian dead, he said, adding the militants immediately retreated from the scene, leaving behind the dead body of one of their comrades.

#2: Australian troops serving in Afghanistan have come under attack from Taliban extremists in a region north of Kandahar. Reconstruction Task Force soldiers were in the area to build a bridge for locals when they were targeted. None of the troops or local residents were injured in the attacks.

#3: Police say militants have overpowered a security post in northwestern Pakistan and kidnapped two officers. Local police chief Fazal Rabi says about 35 militants kidnapped the policemen on Friday on the outskirts of Khar, a town close to the Afghan border.