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

Thursday, August 28, 2008

War News for Thursday, August 28, 2008

The Washington Post is reporting the death of a U.S.-led coalition soldier in a roadside bombing in a southern Province of Afghanistan on Wednesday, August 27th. No other details were released.

MNF-Iraq is reporting the death of a Multi-National Division - Baghdad soldier in a small-arms attack in a neighborhood of Baghdad on Wednesday, August 27th.

MNF-Iraq is reporting the death of a Multi-National Division - Baghdad soldier in a roadside bombing in an eastern neighborhood of Baghdad on Thursday, August 28th.

South Ossetia: Georgian spy plane shot down:

Kins of 12 Nepalese slain in Iraq sue KBR: (good luck)

Iraqi child dies of cholera in S Iraq:

VA Again Denies Health Hazards of Gulf War:

U.S. military secretly sending foreign fighters to home nations:

Reported Security incidents:

#1: Early morning, gunmen assassinated the brigadier general Najam Abdullah from the 7th division of the Iraqi army and his wife in front of his house in Adel neighborhood (west Baghdad).
#2: Mortars hit the international zone (IZ) in central Baghdad. No casualties reported.

#3: Two roadside bombs targeted an American patrol near Al-Khansa police station in Mashtal(east Baghdad). No casualties reported.

#4:Around 11 am, a roadside bomb targeted a police patrol in Baladiyat neighborhood (east Baghdad). Five people were injured (three policemen and two civilians).

#5: A mortar shell hit Baladiyat neighborhood (east Baghdad. Two people were injured.

#6: Around 2 pm, a roadside bomb targeted a police patrol near Al-Rubayee bridge in Karrada neighborhood (downtown Baghdad). Two policemen were injured.

#7: Gunmen kidnapped 4 persons in bani Izz village in Qara Taba (north east Baghdad).

#8: Gunmen killed an army colonel and his wife in a drive-by shooting in the al-Adil district in western Baghdad, police said.

Diyala Prv:
#1: A total of 50 unknown bodies have been buried in Diala's Baaquba city, an official source said on Thursday."In cooperation with several charities, the Baaquba Public Hospital's morgue buried 50 unidentified bodies in al-Shareef cemetery in Baaquba al-Jadeeda neighborhood in the downtown of the city,"The source, who preferred to remain unnamed, told Aswat al-Iraq- Voices of Iraq- (VOI). "All of the bodies that have been found by police forces in different parts of the province throughout the past few weeks were decayed," the source added.

#2: Around 7:30 am, a roadside bomb detonated at Abu Shanuna in balad Ruz (east Baquba). One shepherd was killed.

#3: A roadside bomb killed a shepherd in southeastern Baquba, 65 km (40 miles) northeast of Baghdad, police said.

#1: British forces stationed in southern Iraq on Thursday warned civilians not to approach the desert areas surrounding Basra International Airport, where it said its troops will conduct heavy artillery training. "On Thursday afternoon, British forces will fire heavy artillery shells towards the desert surrounding Basra International Airport," a spokesperson for the Multi-National Force (MNF), Captain Kris Ford, told Aswat al-Iraq- Voices of Iraq.

#1: A blast in a market in Kirkuk, northern Iraq on Thursday killed a civilian and injured seven, police officials said, reported dpa. The detonation hit a popular market in the Domeez area in southern Kirkuk and caused damage to several shops in the area, a police official told the Voices of Iraq news agency.

#1: Gunmen shot dead an off-duty policeman in front of his house in al-Mishahda neighbourhood of western Mosul, 390 km (240 miles), north of Baghdad, police said.

#1: Suspected militants bombed a bus carrying prisoners in northwest Pakistan on Thursday, killing at least nine people, as fighting between security forces and extremists flared across the country's tribal belt. The powerful blast left a massive crater in the middle of a bridge in Bannu and left the burnt-out vehicle completely mangled. The dead included police officers and prisoners, said Jalil Khan, another police official. But he could not provide an exact breakdown.

#2: Hours earlier, security forces drove off a Taliban attack on a fort and pounded another band of militants holed up in a health center, officials said Wednesday as fighting spread to new areas in the tribal belt along the Afghan border. As many as 49 insurgents were reported killed in separate attacks.

#3: Afghan and international soldiers killed and wounded 18 insurgents in clashes in the district of Arghandab in the southern province of Zabul, the Defense Ministry said in a statement on Thursday. "Twelve dead bodies of the insurgents were left on the battlefield," it said. Soldiers also found 10 kg (22 lbs) of opium left by the insurgents.

#4: In a separate incident, Afghan soldiers killed 10 insurgents, including drug traffickers, during a security operation in Girishk district of southern Helmand province on Wednesday, the Defense Ministry said in another statement.

#5: Elsewhere, Afghan soldiers were engaged in fierce fighting with Taliban insurgents in Nad Ali district in another area of Helmand province. "Heavy casualties were inflicted during fierce fighting between Afghan soldiers and insurgents, but the exact number of casualties is not known," the Defense Ministry said. One soldier was killed and another wounded during the fighting, it said.

#6: In southeastern Paktika province, U.S.-led coalition forces killed one militant on Wednesday after he attacked the soldiers, the U.S. military said in a separate statement.

Casualty Reports:

Spc. 4th Class Robert L. Wolvin, 23, was injured Aug. 15 by an anti-tank explosive thrown at his vehicle in an Iraqi village, said his father, Steven Wolvin, 43, of Marysville. Robert Wolvin, who suffered second and third-degree burns to 35% of his body, is being treated in a critical care unit at Brooke Army Medical Center in San Antonio, Texas. He has received skin grafts to his arms, hands, legs and nose, the father said. Wolvin may eventually lose fingertips or whole fingers.