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

Monday, August 4, 2008

War News for Monday, August 04, 2008

The AP is reporting the deaths of two American soldiers in a roadside bombing in eastern Baghdad on Monday, August 4th. Two Iraqis were also killed and seven others were wounded.

NATO is reporting the death of an ISAF soldier in a non-combat related injury in an undisclosed location presumably in Afghanistan on Monday, August 4th. No other details were released.

Aug. 1 airpower summary:

Aug. 2 airpower summary:

Reported Security incidents:

#1: an improvised explosive device struck an army patrol in east Baghdad's Palestine Street and killed one Iraqi soldier and one civilian, the police said. The attack also wounded five soldiers and two other civilians, and badly damaged the patrol car.

#2: Two policemen were wounded when an improvised explosive device went off near their patrol in southern Baghdad on Monday, police said. "The IED, planted by unidentified gunmen near the southern Baghdad neighborhood of al-Dora, went off today while a police patrol was passing in the area. Two patrol men were injured in the incident," a security source, who refused to have his name mentioned, told Aswat al-Iraq – Voices of Iraq.

#3: Police found two unidentified bodies in Baghdad. The first body was found in Talbiyah and the second was found in Iskan.

#1: The first roadside bomb struck a police patrol vehicle in Mahaweel, about 35 miles south of Baghdad, killing four policemen and three civilian bystanders, the police said.

#1: A bomb planted in a parked car killed one person and wounded 11 others on Sunday when it exploded near a cafe in central Hilla, 100 km (60 miles) south of Baghdad, police said.

Three people were killed and five injured when a bomb went off in a cafe in Iraq's Hillah province, witnesses said Monday. The explosion hit a coffee shop known for its young visitors and caused serious damage, witnesses told Deutsche Presse-Agentur dpa. Several cars were also damaged.

#1: The al-Zahraa hospital mortuary in Kut city received three unidentified bodies found north of Wassit province on Monday, a medic said."Two of the three bodies, clad in civilian clothes, were salvaged from a small river north of al-Suwayra area, (135 km) north of Kut, while the third one was found dumped in the open not so far away," the source, who is from the Kut mortuary, told Aswat al-Iraq – Voices of Iraq.

#2: A civilian man was killed and another wounded by an unidentified gunman's fire in the area of al-Aswaq, central Kut city, on Monday, a police source in Wassit said. "An unidentified gunman fired three bullets from his gun today at a civilian man in al-Aswaq area, central Kut, killing him instantly, while another civilian was wounded in his arm," the source, who asked not to be named, told Aswat al-Iraq – Voices of Iraq.

#1: Two corpses were found on Sunday in eastern Mosul, 390 km (240 miles) north of Baghdad, police said.

#2: Gunmen killed a woman just outside her house in central Mosul on Sunday, police said.

The woman whose body was found in the city of Mosul on Sunday was an employee in the Ninewa province's information department, a security source said on Monday. "The body found in al-Zahraa neighborhood, eastern Mosul, on Sunday if of a woman working for the Ninewa Information Department. She had been kidnapped by unidentified gunmen on Saturday," the source, who asked not to be named, told Aswat al-Iraq – Voices of Iraq.

#3: Iraqi soldiers killed a militant in western Mosul, police said.

Iraqi army forces killed two gunmen in clashes that erupted on Monday between the Iraqi military and unidentified armed men in western Mosul, an army source said."Unidentified gunmen waged an attack on an Iraqi army checkpoint in the area of al-Hai al-Sinaie, western Mosul, prompting the Iraqi soldiers to fire back, killing two gunmen," the source, who declined to have his name mentioned, told Aswat al-Iraq – Voices of Iraq.

#4: Four police and three civilians were wounded when a bomb planted in a parked car exploded, police said.

#5: A bodyguard for Nineveh province's Deputy Governor Khasro Guron was killed and six others were wounded when an improvised bomb exploded near the politician's convoy, police said. Guron was not in the convoy at the time of the explosion.

#1: The civilians were killed when the Taliban attacked a vehicle belonging to intelligence officials Sunday evening in Gardiz, the capital of the south-eastern province of Paktika, said Esmatullah Alizai, provincial police chief, reported dpa. The agents escaped the attack unhurt but the three civilians were killed in the cross-fire, Alizai said.

#2: In the southern province of Ghazhi, Taliban militants attacked a police convoy in the Zena Khan district Sunday evening, killing the police chief of the district and three of his bodyguards, said Haji Mohammad Zaman, deputy provincial police chief. The attack also wounded seven police, Zaman said, adding that there were Taliban casualties but did not give any numbers.

Taliban militants stormed a police post in central Afghanistan overnight, killing a police commander and three of his officers, a government spokesman said today. Some of the dozens of Taliban who conducted the raid in the central province of Ghazni were also killed in an ensuing battle that lasted about an hour, according to the provincial government spokesman Ismail Jahangir. He added that the Zana Khan district police chief was one of the policemen who died.

#3: Also on Sunday, Afghan and international forces clashed with a group of Taliban in Helmand province, killing 17 militants and wounding six, the Defence Ministry said in a statement.

#4: The US-led coalition also said Monday that its forces killed several militants and arrested another Sunday in the Tala-Wa-Barfak district of the northern province of Baghlan.

#5: Afghan and NATO troops targeted a group of Taliban fighters in southern Afghanistan, killing 17 militants and wounding six others, the Defense Ministry said Monday. The joint force clashed Sunday with militants in the Marjah district of Helmand province, the ministry said in a statement.

#6: On Monday morning, a pair of Taliban fighters died when a mine they were planting exploded prematurely in the Spin Boldak district of Kandahar province in the country's south, said Gen. Abdul Raziq, a border security commander.

#7: An explosion at a mosque killed the imam and another man on Monday in southeastern Paktika, a provincial official said. The cause of the blast was being investigated.

#8: Insurgents killed an army officer and wounded two more in an ambush in Maidan Wardak, west of Kabul, the defense ministry.

#9: Foreign troops in a convoy fired at a vehicle carrying civilians, wounding two, in the eastern province of Nangarharm on Monday, a provincial official said.

#10: A Swedish army officer is to be flown home from Afghanistan after being seriously injured in a bomb explosion on Monday afternoon. The officer was part of an Improvised Explosive Device (IED) disposal team deployed to investigate a hole in the road between Sheberghan and Sar-e-Pol in northern Afghanistan. The extent of the officer's injuries are not yet known but they are not believed to be life-threatening.

Casualty Reports:

Kevin Hardin was wounded in Iraq when a rocket struck his Hummer. After 23 surgeries and many months in Walter Reed Hospital, the Army specialist flew home to Palm Beach County.