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 26, 2008

War News for Friday, September 26, 2008

MNF-Iraq is reporting the death of a Multi-National Division - Center soldier in a roadside bombing near Iskandariyah, Iraq on Thursday, September 25th. No other details were released.

Sept. 24 airpower summary:

Sept. 25 airpower summary:

Philippines: 11 killed in clashes:

32 killed in fresh clashes in S Philippines:

Pakistan warns US troops after exchange of fire:

Guantánamo prosecutor quits over ethics concerns:

Russia pledges closer ties with U.S. foe Venezuela: (Russia announced this week it was making available to Venezuela a $1 billion loan to cover purchases of arms and military equipment from Russian manufacturers.)

Russia Offers Chavez $1 Billion for Weapons:

#1: Earlier, Two children playing on the streets of Baghdad were killed in a drive-by grenade attack. A group of armed men drove by a group of children on Thursday night in the al-Amel neighbourhood in the western part of the Iraqi capital and threw a grenade at them, the VOI said. Two children were wounded in the attack.

#2: In Baghdad, unknown gunmen shot a civilian dead while he was driving his private car on the main road of al-Rasheed camp districts, south Baghdad.

Diyala Prv:
Balad Ruz:
#1: Three civilians were killed when a bomb exploded near their vehicle in Baquba, Iraqi police said on Friday. The attack took place in the Bahraz district, south of Baquba. A woman was also injured.

#1: Militants killed one U.S.-backed neighbourhood patrol member and wounded another in an attack on their checkpoint on Thursday in Mussayab, 60 km (40 miles) south of Baghdad, police said.

#1: Gunmen killed two neighbourhood patrol members and one policeman when they attacked their checkpoint just south of Samarra, 100 km north of Baghdad, police and hospital sources said.

#1: In Kirkuk, chief of Kirkuk’s districts and suburbs police said “a roadside bomb wounded a police officer when it went off against a patrol near the Fourth Bridge, south Kirkuk”.

#1: A Sunni cleric's guards killed one gunman when they responded to gunfire in central Mosul, 390 km north of Baghdad, police said. Two guards were wounded in the attack.

Kandil mountains:
#1: At least 10 Turkish fighter planes bombed suspected Kurdish guerrilla positions in northern Iraq, Turkish military officials said on Friday. The strikes began after 8 p.m. British time on Thursday in two separate regions in northern Iraq, senior security sources told Reuters. Brigadier General Metin Gurak, head of the General Staff's media office, told reporters Turkish jets successfully hit 16 suspected PKK targets in the Kandil mountains before returning to their bases in Turkey. A PKK spokesman said there had been about two hours of air strikes on the Kandil mountains from about 10 p.m. on Thursday. "We have one wounded PKK member, and the bombing was not just in our areas, but also close to inhabited villages," PKK spokesman Ahmed Danees said.

Al Anbar Prv:
#1: Gunmen opened fire upon a checkpoint in Bhadeed al-Nasir killing one soldier and seriously injuring four others.

#1: Police raided a militant hide-out in southern Pakistan, triggering a gunbattle during which three suicide bombers blew themselves up along with a handcuffed prisoner, officials said. The three militants who died in the raid in Karachi were suspected of planning an attack on a "high-profile" target in the city, said Sindh police Chief Babar Khattak, who gave no more details. The prisoner whose body was discovered in the rubble was identified as a wealthy supplier of fuel and goods to U.S. and NATO forces in Afghanistan, senior police official Aleem Jaffry told The Associated Press. He died in the explosions, Khattak said.

#2: Meanwhile, a bomb blast caused a train to derail in eastern Punjab province, killing four people and wounding 15 others, authorities said. The prime minister said he had ordered an investigation into the blast.

#3: Meanwhile, a government official said at least 11 militants were killed Friday and another 16 wounded in ongoing clashes between security forces and militants in the Bajur tribal region.

#4: A suicide bomber detonated his explosive-packed vest in a market in eastern Afghanistan on Friday morning, killing five men and wounding seven others, a provincial governor said. The attack took place in the main market in Zazi Maidan district of south-eastern province of Khost when a bomber detonated his explosive among the people, Arsala Jamal, provincial governor told Deutsche Presse-Agentur dpa. "All five dead men were civilians. They were local shopkeepers," Jamal said, adding the site of the attack was close to the main police headquarters in the district and an intelligence office. However, Mohammad Younuz Zadran, district chief of the Zazi Maidan said that the attack was against police officers, who were shopping at the time of the blast. Zadran said two of the dead men were police officers.

#5: A suicide attacker exploded himself near the vehicle of intelligent service members in eastern Afghan province of Khost, killing two intelligent agents and two civilians on Friday morning, said a police official. Abdul Qayum Baqizai, the provincial police chief told Xinua that it occurred at 10 a.m. (GMT 0530) in the Jaji Maidan district when a suicide bomber with explosive material strapped to his body exploded himself next to the vehicle of Afghan intelligent service member killing two agents and two civilian passers-by. "Seven more were injured in the blast including a former senior intelligent official named General Azizullah," Baqizai said.

#6: An Afghanistan official said that 20 Taliban militants were killed when they ambushed one logistic convoy for NATO troops escorted by a U.S. security company USPI on Friday morning in southern Afghan province of Kandahar. Zalmai Ayubi, the provincial government spokesman told Xinhua that it occurred at around 10 a.m.(GMT 0530) when the logistic convoy passing Jalai district of Kandahar was attacked by a number of Taliban insurgents. "Afghan police came in reinforcement and called in NATO air strike support," Ayubi said. "Hours' fire fighting left 20 militants dead and two trucks destroyed." However, he did not provide any information about the casualties on neither police nor the security guards. Meanwhile, Afzal Khan, a USPI staff, told Xinhua that at least one USPI security guard was killed in the clash and six more were wounded.