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, August 3, 2008

War News for Sunday, August 03, 2008

MNF-Iraq is reporting the death of a Coalition force Soldier in a vehicle accident north of Baghdad on Saturday, August 2nd.. One other soldier were injured.

MNF-Iraq is reporting the death of a Coalition force Soldier in a vehicle accident southwest of Baghdad on Saturday, August 2nd.. One other soldier were injured.

The Washington Post is reporting the death of a U.S. led coalition soldier in a roadside in eastern Kabul, Afghanistan on Sunday, August 3rd. One other soldier was wounded in the attack.

MNF-Iraq is reporting the death of a Coalition force Soldier in a non-combat related injury near FOB Grizzly, Diyala Province on Sunday, August 2nd.. Two other soldier were injured.

Aug. 1 airpower summary:

Reported Security incidents:

#1: A mini-bus packed with explosives detonated in northeastern Baghdad Sunday morning, killing at least 12 people and wounding 22 others, according to an Iraqi Interior Ministry official. Most of the victims of the blast, which happened at 9 a.m. near a passport office, were civilians, the official said.

#2: Another roadside bomb exploded near eastern Baghdad's al-Kindi Hospital about 8:30 a.m., wounding nine people, the official said. Three police officers were among those hurt, he said.

#3: Two people were wounded by a bomb that targeted but missed a convoy of SUVs in southeast Baghdad's al-Ghadir neighborhood Sunday morning, the official said.

#4: Four civilians were wounded when an improvised explosive device went off in southwestern Baghdad on Sunday, the fourth explosion in the Iraqi capital today, police said. "An IED planted under al-Bayyaa Bridge, southwestern Baghdad, went off today near an Iraqi police patrol, wounding four civilians," a security source, who asked that his name not be mentioned, told Aswat al-Iraq – Voices of Iraq.

#5: The governor of Babel province escaped an assassination attempt on Sunday after an improvised explosive device went off near his motorcade in central Baghdad, where he was scheduled to meet with officials, a media spokesman in Babel said. "The IED, planted near the mosque of Umm al-Toboul in central Baghdad, went off near the motorcade of Babel Governor Salem Saleh al-Maslamawi while it was passing in the area," Abdelrazeq al-Nasrawi told Aswat al-Iraq – Voices of Iraq. "The governor survived and no casualties resulted from the blast, which severely damaged a vehicle carrying his bodyguards," Nasrawi added.

#6: A civilian was injured in a roadside bomb in Ghazaliyah neighborhood in west Baghdad around 4:15 p.m.

#1: In Tarmiyah, north of Baghdad, a clash between U.S.-allied fighters and civilians killed one civilian Sunday and wounded 10 others, local police said.

#1: An MQ-1 Predator crashed north of Joint Base Balad at approximately 10:45 a.m. local time Aug 1. The aircraft is a medium-altitude, long-endurance, remotely piloted vehicle used primarily to conduct armed reconnaissance.

#1: An Iraqi army force killed two gunmen in clashes that broke out in eastern Mosul city on Sunday, an official security source said. "The clashes erupted today between gunmen and a force from the Iraqi army's 8th Brigade in the area of Wadi al-Karama, eastern Mosul. Two gunmen were killed in the clashes," Brig. Khaled Abdelsattar, the official spokesman for the Ninewa Operations Command, told Aswat al-Iraq – Voices of Iraq.

#1: A road mine blasted a bus carrying a wedding party in southern Afghanistan yesterday, killing the bride, groom and eight other civilians, a police official said. Provincial police chief Matiullah Khan blamed Taliban militants for planting the explosive in Spin Boldak district of the southern Kandahar province. He said 10 civilians were killed and six were wounded, and that children were among the victims.

#2: In the southern province of Helmand, gunmen on a motorbike shot and killed a mid-level judge early Sunday, a government official said, blaming the attack on the Taliban. Engineer Latif Khan had been a judge in the Gereshk district court, provincial government spokesman Daud Ahmadi told AFP.