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

Friday, September 5, 2008

War News for Friday, September 05, 2008

NATO is reporting the death of an ISAF soldier during an attack in a southern province of Afghanistan on Thursday, September 4th. No other details were released.

Falujah Veteran is Attacked by McCain Republicans at Speech: (From OpEdNews--with video clip)

....He (McCain) looks down, and while he's looking down the networks cut to a shot of the Iraq War Veteran holding a sign that reads, "You can't win an occupation." McCain looks up, and perhaps owing to a slight delay, sees the protester just a moment after we do, mid-sentence, swallowing his words and freezing at the sight of Kokesh.

Russian units raid Georgian airfields for use in Israeli strike against Iran – report:

Russian Special Forces also raided other Israeli facilities in southern Georgia and captured Israeli spy drones, says the report.

Army Suicide Rate May Set Record Again:

Soldier suicides this year could surpass the record rate of last year, Army officials said Sept. 4, urging military leaders at all levels to redouble prevention efforts for a force strained by two wars. As of the end of August, there were 62 confirmed suicides among active duty Soldiers and Guard and Reserve troops called to active duty, officials said. Another 31 deaths appear to be suicides but are still being investigated.

Iraq seeks to buy 36 F-16 fighters from US: WSJ (WTF why?)

U.S. Spied on Iraqi Leaders, Book Says:

Two Turkish soldiers killed in mine blast:

Reported Security incidents:

#1: Two IEDs were detonated under control in Baghdad at around 12.30 p.m. Friday; one in al-Rashid Camp area, southeastern Baghdad; and the other in Beirut Square in east Baghdad.

#2: Advisor to the Ministry of Defence, Abdulameer Hasen Abbas was assassinated at 2 p.m. Friday. He was driving by al-Shaab Stadium in eastern Baghdad when gunmen driving a speeding car shot him dead.

#1: A high-ranking police officer in Wassit province police died on Friday at a hospital of wounds he had sustained in an attack on his home on Sunday, a security source said on Friday.

#1: Unidentified gunmen in two vehicles kidnapped two civilians in a village of in the district of Daqquq, south of Kirkuk province, a police official said. "Unidentified gunmen kidnapped two local residents of al-Ghida village, Daqquq district, (35 km) south of Kirkuk, and led them to an unknown place," Brig. Sarhad Qader, the Kirkuk districts' police chief, told Aswat al-Iraq – Voices of Iraq.

#1: An improvised explosive device (IED) went off in eastern Mosul city on Friday but left no casualties, an official Iraqi army source said. "The explosive charge detonated today near al-Muthanna bridge, eastern Mosul, targeting an Iraqi army patrol, but left no casualties," the source, who declined to have his name mentioned, told Aswat al-Iraq – Voices of Iraq. The explosion only left material damage to a vehicle parked nearby," the source added.

#2: A policeman was abducted form the passport authority building in central Mosul on Thursday. His body was found by Iraqi police today. He was shot once, in the head.

#1: An explosion possibly caused by a missile strike killed five suspected foreign militants near the Afghan border on Friday, Pakistani officials said. The blast occurred in a village in the North Waziristan region, part of Pakistan's wild tribal belt that serves as a base for Taliban militants and fugitive al-Qaida leaders. Two intelligence officials, citing local informers, told The Associated Press that drone aircraft were seen above the village of Gurwak before Friday's blast and that they believed the aircraft had fired missiles.

Seven people including four children have been killed in when US spy plane fired missile in North Waiziristan near Pak-Afghan border on Firday.According to witnesses, US spy fired three missiles at two houses in Gorovek village in North Waizirsitan killing four children and three women on the spot and several injured.

#2: Seven people, including two children, have been killed in an air strike in western Afghanistan. A district official said the attack was aimed at the house of a Taliban commander. There was no immediate comment from coalition forces. The latest attack occurred in Farah province, which adjoins Herat where the government says more than 90 civilians were killed in a coalition air strike last month.

#3: ISAF soldiers followed all escalation of force procedures when an Afghan man ran toward their ground patrol in Sangin district, Helmand, Sept. 4. Following a warning shot, the man continued to run toward the patrol at which time the ISAF patrol perceived him as a possible suicide bomber and shot him, wounding the man. After safely determining the man was not a threat, the ISAF patrol evacuated him to Camp Bastion for medical care. No further details are available at this time as the incident is being investigated.