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 19, 2008

War News for Friday, September 19, 2008

The Charleston Daily Mail is reporting the death of a U.S.-led coalition soldier in a roadside bombing in a western province of Afghanistan on Friday, September 19th. No other details were released. We assume this to be an American soldier.

Sept. 16 airpower summary:

Sept. 17 airpower summary:

Reported Security incidents:

#1: A roadside bomb wounded six people including two policemen when it struck their patrol in the district of Yarmouk, western Baghdad, police said.

#1: The U.S. military says seven Iraqis have been killed in a raid by American troops backed by attack aircraft targeting al-Qaida in Iraq. A military statement says those killed Friday in the Sunni town of Adwar include four suspected insurgents and three women. It says a child has been pulled from the rubble and is being treated at a nearby U.S. base. The military says the U.S. troops were targeting a man believed to be the leader of a bombing network in an area north of Baghdad. It says ground forces killed the main suspect and called in an airstrike that killed three additional suspected insurgents along with three women.

U.S. helicopter air strike killed six civilians in their family home in the town of Dour, and two others in the house were killed by U.S. gunfire, police said. Dour is 140 km (85 miles) north of Baghdad.

Tuz Khurmato:
#1: Gunmen killed a woman near her house in Tuz Khurmato, 170 km (105 miles) north of Baghdad, police said.

#1: Gunmen wounded a government employee in a drive-by shooting in central Kirkuk, 250 km (155 miles) north of Baghdad, police said.

#1: Three policemen were wounded when a roadside bomb hit their patrol on Thursday in western Mosul, 390 km (240 miles) north of Baghdad, police said.

#2: Gunmen killed two retired security personnel in two separate drive-by shootings in different parts of Mosul, police said.

#3: A roadside bomb killed three soldiers when it struck their patrol in northern Mosul, police said.

#4: Gunmen killed a couple and wounded four people, including two of the couple's children in an attack on their home in western Mosul, 390 km (240 miles) north of Baghdad, police said.

Tal Afar:
#1: Two roadside bombs wounded nine civilians in Tal Afar, 420 km (260 miles) northwest of Baghdad, police said.

#2: "The security forces found two unknown bodies in al-Kifah neighborhood in Talafar district, (60 km) west of Mosul," Brig. Khaled Abdelsattar told Aswat al-Iraq – Voices of Iraq

#1: Canadian soldiers have fired on a civilian vehicle that was driving toward a military convoy Thursday evening, killing one of the occupants. Military officials say soldiers were travelling through Kandahar City at about 8:30 p.m. local time when a civilian truck began to drive toward their convoy. Neither signals to head off, nor a warning shot was obeyed, and two subsequent shots finally stopped the truck.

#2: When a peacekeeping patrol of Afghani soldiers was ambushed by Afghani rebels on the Kabul-Kandahar road called OHIO near the town of Maluk in the east of the country on Thursday, a Polish patrol came to their rescue soon after, killing eight and capturing two, as reported by a war correspondent from TVN24 news channel. The Polish troops found that the Afghani rebels possessed components for constructing booby traps. None of the Poles or Afghani peacekeepers were hurt during the ambush and rescue action.

#3: A blast occurred in a container on Pak-Afghan Highway in Khyber Agency, but no loss of life was reported.Sources said that a container on way from Afghanistan to Peshawar was blasted on Pak-Afghan Highway at a place Sultankhel. Sources said that the bomb was planted in the container, which exploding partially damaged it, but no loss of life was reported.

#4: Afghan commandos and US-led coalition forces killed two militants and arrested six others, including a Taliban commander, in an eastern town close to Kabul, the US military said Friday. The combined forces conducted a raid on the house of a Taliban commander and his associates in Surobi district, some 50 kilometres east of Kabul city, on Thursday, a US military statement said. 'Friendly forces received small-arms fire as they searched the compound,' the statement said, adding 'After positively identifying the militants responsible, the forces returned fire, killing two.' No Afghan or coalition forces or civilians were killed in the operation, it added.

#5: The U.S. military has deployed 800 additional troops to southern Afghanistan to support Afghan and foreign forces already in the region, the U.S. military said.

#6: Rockets targeted a base of the NATO- led International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) on Friday, killing four civilians in eastern Afghan province of Paktika, said an ISAF statement.
Insurgents fired rockets targeting an ISAF base in Zirok district of Paktika province. But the rockets landed in a field where local women and children were working, the statement said.
"The attack killed four, including a child," it said. "Following the attack, ISAF responded with artillery fire directed at the enemy firing position," it added, "an investigation into the incident is ongoing." However, it did not disclose if there is any casualty on ISAF.

Casualty Reports:

Sgt. Deborah Seitz of Indianapolis, a gunner with the Indiana National Guard's 76th Infantry Combat Brigade Team, was evacuated earlier this week to a hospital in Germany, where she is in stable condition. The National Gaurd declined to release any further information about Seitz' injuries or any information regarding the incident that led to her injuries. Seitz had been stationed at Forward Operating Base Q-West, near Qarrayeh, Iraq in the northern part of the country.