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 27, 2008

War News for Wednesday, August 27, 2008

MNF-Iraq is reporting the death of a Multi-National Division - Baghdad soldier in a roadside bombing in a northeastern neighborhood of Baghdad on Tuesday, August 26th.

The Washington Post is reporting the death of a German ISAF soldier in a roadside bombing south of the German military command headquarters in Kunduz, Kunduz Province, Afghanistan on Wednesday, August 27th. Three other soldiers were wounded in the attack.

Kurdish journalists under assault in Iraq:

Iraq's northern Kurdish enclave may be a haven of relative peace and serenity but independent journalists there say challenges to the political establishment are being met with intimidation and threats. about 60 Kurdish journalists were killed, threatened, attacked, or taken to court in the first half of 2008, says the New York-based Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ).

Rebel air raid wounds 10 sailors in Sri Lanka:

Iraq's oil exports increase in July:

The Iraqi Oil Ministry says that oil exports in July inched up to 58.8 million barrels _ a 0.7 percent increase from the previous month.

Iraq's Clandestine Alcohol Business:

Five village guards die in clash with PKK:

Injured troops increasingly turning to prescription medication:

VHF outbreak in Herat Province kills three:

Reported Security incidents:

#1: A bomb in a parked car killed one person and wounded seven others in the New Baghdad district of eastern Baghdad, police said.

"Another explosive device exploded in al-Kamaliya neighborhood in eastern Baghdad, killing a civilian and injuring seven," he also said.

#2: Three suspected militants died and six more were detained in U.S. operations in Diyala province northeast of Baghdad, a U.S. military statement said.

#3: Anti-bomb squad defused five bombs in two separate regions of Baghdad, the interior ministry said on Wednesday. "Anti-bomb squad defused three explosive charges in Zaiyouna region near al-Rubaei-al-Malaab intersection in eastern Baghdad and found ammunitions and a mortar shell in the same area," the ministry said in a statement received by Aswat al-Iraq - Voices of Iraq.

#4: A roadside bomb was detonated near the national theatre in al-Karada region in central Baghdad, targeting a police vehicle patrol, injuring three civilian and three policemen and damaging a number of stores and two civilian cars," he added.

#5: "A car rigged with explosives went off in Baghdad al-Jadieda region in southeastern Baghdad, killing a civilian and injuring seven more, in addition to damaging a number of nearby vehicles," the source, who asked for anonymity, told Aswat al-Iraq - Voices of Iraq.

#6: Around 8:00 a.m. an IED exploded targeting a US patrol on Mohammed al Qasim highway in east Baghdad. No casualties were reported.

#7: Tuesday Police patrols found unknown body in southeastern Baghdad, a police source said on Wednesday."Policemen found the decayed corpse late Tuesday in al-Madaen district in southeastern Baghdad," the source, who asked not to be named, told Aswat al-Iraq - Voices of Iraq.

#8: A civilian was injured by an adhesive bomb that was attached to his BMW car. The incident took place in Mansour neighborhood in west Baghdad around 6:00 p.m.

#9: Iraqi police found two unidentified bodies in Sinak area in downtown Baghdad.

Diyala Prv:
#1: Two suicide bombers were among three terrorists killed Wednesday in a clash with US forces northeast of the Iraqi capital Baghdad, the US military said. One of the bombers was shot dead and the other detonated his explosives as the troops approached, killing himself but causing no other casualties, the military said.

#1: The body of a woman was found a street near al-Kut, a town southeast of the capital, the news agency Aswat al-Iraq reported.

Iraqi police found the body of a woman in the town of Numaniya, 120 km (72 miles) south of Baghdad, police said.

#1: Gunmen shot dead a civilian in a shop in the al-Nur area of eastern Mosul, 390 km (240 miles), north of Baghdad, police said.

#2: 14 civilians were injured by a suicide car bomb that detonated before reaching a checkpoint in Talafar city west Mosul.

A suicide car bomber wounded 22 people in Tal Afar, some 420 km (260 miles) northwest of Baghdad, according to Sabih Hussein, chief physician at the Tal Afar government hospital. A police source in nearby Mosul said that only two people had been wounded.

#3: Five civilians were injured by a suicide car bomb that targeted an American patrol in downtown Mosul city on Wednesday afternoon.

#4: A suicide car bomb detonated in eats Mosul on Wednesday afternoon. No news were reported about casualties.

#1: A French armoured personnel carrier was destroyed by ISAF forces after it was determined to be non-recoverable in Kapisa, August 25. The vehicle was involved in an IED explosion August 24. The IED site was secured following the incident. No ISAF service members were injured in the IED explosion.

#2: A Japanese aid worker kidnapped in eastern Afghanistan has been killed, police officials said Wednesday. Kazuya Ito, 31, was abducted near the city of Jalalabad early Tuesday and Japan set up a task force in Kabul to seek his release, according to Japan's foreign ministry. A Taliban spokesman claimed responsibility for the kidnapping.

#3: Taliban fighters attacked a police checkpoint in the Nad Ali district of southern Helmand province Tuesday, sparking a clash that killed 18 militants, provincial police chief Mohammad Hussein Andiwal said. The militants attacked the officers guarding a government compound in the district before being repelled by the police, Andiwal said. There were no casualties among Afghan troops, he said.

#4: U.S.-led coalition troops, meanwhile, clashed and called in airstrikes on another group of militants in the same province (Helmand) killing over a dozen insurgents, the coalition said in a statement. Shortly before the battle, the coalition troops spotted armed militants in small groups preparing to attack their patrol in Sangin district, the statement said. There were no coalition casualties from the clash.

#5: Separately, a roadside bomb in the central Ghazni province hit a police vehicle, killing four officers on Tuesday, said Sayed Ismail Jahangir, a spokesman for the provincial governor.

One Afghan officer was killed and one soldier was wounded when their vehicle hit a mine in Qara Bagh district of Ghazni province, southwest of Kabul, the Defence Ministry said.

#6: A suicide bomber, meanwhile, blew himself up next to a British military patrol outside Lashkar Gah on Tuesday, wounding three civilians, Andiwal said. NATO-led force said they had no casualties from the bombing.

#7: Pakistani security forces fired on vehicles carrying militants in a volatile region near the Afghan border on Wednesday, killing eight of them, a police official said.

#8: U.S.-led troops killed an Afghan international cricket player, Rahmat Wali, in a raid on his house in eastern Khost province late on Tuesday and arrested his brother, two officials said.

#9: One un-manned air craft belonging to the U.S.-led Coalition forces crashed on Wednesday in eastern Afghan province of Paktika, said a Coalition statement. "The aerial vehicle used for reconnaissance suffered a mechanical malfunction causing its parachute to deploy and crash in the Yosof Khail district of Paktika," the statement said. "This incident is under investigation," it added.