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

Monday, September 1, 2008

War News for Monday, September 01, 2008

Anbar control handed over to Iraq:

13 journalists killed worldwide in August:

4 killed as explosion his southern Philippines:

#1: A sniper shot dead two Iraqi soldiers on Sunday in Mansour district, in western Baghdad, police said.

#2: Two bodies were found with gunshot wounds on Sunday in Baghdad, police said.

#3: Three civilians were injured by an adhesive IED that was attached to their car. The incident took place in al Taharyat intersection in Karrada neighborhood in downtown Baghdad around 12:30 p.m.

Diyala Prv:
#1: Three people, including the al-Wajihiya district chief, were wounded when an improvised explosive device (IED) went off near a vehicle northeast of Baaquba city on Monday, a security source from Diala police said. "The vehicle was boarding the three men on the main street in al-Wajihiya, al-Muqdadiya district, (45 km) northeast of Baaquba," the source, who did not want his name published, told Aswat al-Iraq – Voices of Iraq.

Tuz Khurmato:
#1: A roadside bomb wounded police Lieutenant-Colonel Hussain Ali just outside his house in Tuz Khurmato, 170 km (105 miles) north of Baghdad, police said.

#2: A roadside bomb wounded ten people, including seven policemen, when it exploded in Tuz Khurmato, 170 km (105 miles) north of Baghdad, police said.

#1: Eight people were wounded including three policemen, by three roadside bombs on Sunday in different districts in Mosul, 390 km (240 miles) north of Baghdad, police said.

#1: A raid by foreign and Afghan forces in Kabul early Monday killed a man and his two children, a police official and witnesses said. The raid in the eastern outskirts of the Afghan capital was conducted by U.S. troops backed by Afghan intelligence agents, said police officer Qubaidullah, who like many Afghans goes by one name. He said the raid killed a man and two of his children and wounded his wife. The U.S.-led coalition and NATO-led force said they had no information about Monday's raid and could not confirm their troops participated.