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 31, 2008

War News for Sunday, August 31, 2008

The DPA is reporting the death of a Romanian ISAF soldier in a roadside bombing on the Kabul-Kalat highway in Northwestern Afghanistan on Sunday, August 31st. Three additional soldiers were wounded in the attack. Here's the Romanian military release.

Six dead after PKK attack on Turkish military base:

Reported Security incidents:

#1: Unknown gunmen shot dead a civilian who were driving his car on the highway of Muhammad al-Qasim in central Baghdad, the source told Xinhua on condition of anonymity.

#2: In a separate incident, two Iraqi soldiers and a civilian were seriously wounded when a bomb planted in a civilian car went off while approaching an Iraqi army checkpoint in the al-Resala neighborhood in southwestern Baghdad, the source said.

#3: Also in southwestern Baghdad, the source said that police patrols picked up two unidentified bodies with gunshots wounds in the head and chest from the al-Rey neighborhood.

#4: Earlier, a roadside bomb hit a U.S. patrol in Baghdad northwestern neighborhood of Shu'la, the source said, without providing further detail as the troops immediately sealed off the area. The U.S. military did not confirm the incident yet.

#5: Saturday Police found one dead body in Baghdad in Al Saidiyah neighborhood.

Diyala Prv:
Balad Ruz:
#1: Unknown gunmen on Sunday launched an armed attack on a Baladruz village, driving 46 families to leave their homes for safer areas, a local security source said. "Today, unidentified gunmen launched an attack on Baladruz's village of al-Wathba (45km southwest of Baaquba), forcing 46 families to leave their houses," the source, who requested anonymity, told Aswat al-Iraq ­- Voices of Iraq

#1: A high-ranking police officer survived with serious wounds from a gunfire attack that left his wife dead in the city of Kut, the capital of Wasit province, on Sunday, an Interior Ministry source said. "Lieutenant Colonel Yas Khudheir Abbas, a police chief in Kut, some 180 km south of Baghdad, was seriously injured when unknown gunmen stormed early in the morning his house in the al-Ezza neighborhood in western the city," the source told Xinhua on condition of anonymity. Abbas's wife was killed during the incident, the source said, adding that the motivation behind the attack remained unknown.

#1: Police found the body of a bodyguard of one of Iraqi President Jalal Talabani's advisers with gunshot wounds just after he was kidnapped on Saturday in southern Kirkuk, 250 km (155 miles) north of Baghdad, police said.

#1: Gunmen killed an off-duty police officer and wounded his brother in a drive-by shooting on Saturday in eastern Mosul, 390 km (240 miles) north of Baghdad, police said.

#2: One body was found with gunshot wounds on Saturday in eastern Mosul, 390 km (240 miles) north of Baghdad, police said.

#1: Two Chinese telecoms engineers have gone missing in northwest Pakistan along with their driver and a security guard. A senior diplomat at the Chinese embassy told AFP the group disappeared on Friday in restive North West Frontier Province near the border with Afghanistan.

#2: At least five Taliban insurgents were killed last Friday in a firefight with a combined force of NATO troops and local police in western Afghanistan. The incident occurred after insurgents attacked a Spanish convoy on a humanitarian mission around 25km from Qala i-Naw in Badghis province, prompting them to call in reinforcements, including, decisively as it turned out, air cover. According to the Spanish Defence ministry, no NATO troops nor Afghan police were injured in the battle, which lasted for more than two hours.

#3: Taliban militants shot dead a security guard of a local intelligence office in a restive Pakistani tribal area, accusing him of spying on them, officials said Sunday. The body of Sher Baz Khan, 55, who was kidnapped on Friday, was found on Sunday morning by residents near Miranshah, the main town of lawless North Waziristan which borders Afghanistan, a local government official told AFP. "Khan was shot and then one of his hand was chopped and a note found on his body said he was spying on Taliban activities, that's why he was killed," the official said.

#4: Four people, including two Canadians of Arab origin, were killed and two other people injured when a missile reportedly fired from Afghanistan hit a house in the Korzai area of South Waziristan on Saturday. According to local people, a plane was seen flying over the area shortly before the missile hit the house of one Noor Khan Gangikhel near a scout camp in Wana at around 4.30pm. The injured, who reportedly belong to Punjab, were taken to a local hospital.

Casualty Reports:

Marine Chris Hahn lost his leg in Iraq in 2006.