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

Wednesday, August 6, 2008

War News for Wednesday, August 06, 2008

The International Herald Tribune is reporting the death of a U.S.-led coalition soldier in a roadside bombing in a western part of Afghanistan on Monday, August 4th. No other details were released. CNN is reporting a Marine died in a roadside bombing in Farah province on Monday evening.

Aug. 4 airpower summary:

Blast halts Azeri oil pipeline through Turkey:

An explosion on the Baku-Tbilisi-Ceyhan (BTC) pipeline on Tuesday night in eastern Turkey has halted the oil flow along the one million barrels per day pipeline, a senior Turkish Energy Ministry official said.

Gunfire erupts across Kashmir border:

Indian and Pakistani troops on Wednesday exchanged gunfire across the line of control that divides Indian- and Pakistani-administered Kashmir for more than 20 minutes, Indian defence sources said.

Reported Security incidents:

#1: A roadside bomb detonated in the morning near a convoy of sport utility vehicles (SUV), usually used by foreign security firms in Karradah neighborhood in Baghdad, the source told Xinhua on condition of anonymity. The attack resulted in the damaging of an SUV within the convoy and wounding two occupants, the source said without identifying their nationalities or the name of the foreign security firm. Two Iraqi civilians were also wounded by the attack, the source added.

#2: In a separate incident, another roadside bomb went off near a police patrol near a Shiite mosque in Karradah, damaging a police vehicle and wounding two aboard, he said.

#3: Tuesday Police found one dead body in Saidiyah neighborhood in Baghdad.

#4: Gunmen attacked a checkpoint manned by awakening members, a U.S. backed militia, in Sleikh neighborhood killing three militia members and injuring two others.

#5: Police found one dead body throughout Baghdad in Karrada neighborhood.

Diyala Prv:
#1: The bodies of 16 men were discovered on Tuesday in different areas of a village near Baquba, 65 km (40 miles) northeast of Baghdad, a security officer in Diyala said.

#1: A roadside bomb exploded in Al Muwafaqiya area in west Basra inured one citizen.

#1: Gunmen wounded one man and one child in a drive-by shooting on Tuesday in the city of Mosul, 390 km (240 miles) north of Baghdad, police said.

#2: A civilian was killed and nine civilians and one Iraqi soldier were injured in a suicide car bomb targeted a check point of the Iraqi army in Dawasa area in downtown Mosul city.

A suicide car bomber, targeting an Iraqi army patrol, killed three people and wounded 14, including one soldier, in central Mosul, 390 km (240 miles) north of Baghdad, police said.

#3: The bodies of two men who had been shot in the head and chest were found in Mosul, police said.

#1: The German Foreign Ministry said a German citizen is missing in Kabul and is believed to have been kidnapped. Ministry spokesman Jens Ploetner said Wednesday, Aug. 6, that the ministry was made aware of the case on July 29.

#2: In neighboring Farah, the Afghan national army killed four Taliban militants on Wednesday, the defense ministry said.

#3: Insurgents ambushed soldiers from NATO-led forces on a road in Maidan Wardak province on Tuesday, the alliance said, and a suicide car bomber hit a vehicle of the force during the attack. There were no alliance casualties from either incident, the alliance said.

#4: U.S.-led coalition forces killed several insurgents in an operation on Tuesday in Kapisa province which lies to the northeast of Kabul, the U.S. military separately said.

#5: At least four people were killed Wednesday in an explosion in Pakistan's gas-rich Balochistan province, where tribesmen are wagging a low-level insurgency for greater autonomy, police said. The blast occurred on a busy road in the town of Sibi, 85 kilometres east of Balochistan's capital, Quetta. 'Four bystanders died on the spot, and three more were wounded,' said senior police officer Abdul Ghafoor Kurd.

#6: The NATO-led International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) have prevented the use of two vehicle-borne IEDs (Improvised Explosive Device) on Tuesday in central Afghan province of Wardak, said an ISAF statement released here on Wednesday. ISAF received information that insurgents were making two vehicle-borne IEDs in the Maydan Shahr district of Wardak, the statement said. After obtaining positive identification of the IEDs and insurgents, ISAF conducted airstrikes, destroying the IEDs, killing and wounding some insurgents, it added.

Casualty Reports:

Air Force Staff Sgt. Nick Bradley, was injured by a roadside bomb while escorting an official in Kabul, Dawe said Tuesday. The driver of the vehicle was killed by the blast, an official said Monday. Dawe said Bradley, 25, was flown from a hospital in Kabul to Germany. From there, he was flown to Washington for treatment at Walter Reed Army Medical Center. He said his son-in-law's injuries include a fractured skull and facial bones, two compound fractures to an arm, lacerations and the loss of two or three fingers. Dawe said Bradley was serving with the Air Force's 96th Wing (security forces) in Afghanistan. His job "was escorting VIPs throughout the country," he said.