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

Saturday, September 6, 2008

War News for Saturday, September 06, 2008

MNF-Iraq is reporting the death of a Multi-National Division - Center Soldier from non-combat related injuries in Baghdad on Friday, September 5th.

The DoD is reporting a new death previously unreported by the military. Sgt. 1st Class Gregory A. Rodriguez died in a small arms fire attack in Ana Kalay, Afghanistan on Tuesday, September 2nd.

Xinhua is reporting the deaths of two ISAF soldiers in an insurgents attack in an eastern province of Afghanistan on Saturday, September 6th. No other details were released. We assume these to be Americans.

Reported Security incidents:

#1: Ex-Iraqi deputy prime minister and former Pentagon favorite, Ahmad Chalabi, escaped a suicide car bomb attack on his convoy in Baghdad, an official in his office said Saturday. Chalabi was not wounded, but the explosion Friday night in the western Baghdad neighborhood of Mansour killed six of his bodyguards, said Ayad Kadhim Sabti. Police said more than a dozen other people were wounded in the blast.

#2: Friday Two unidentified bodies were found in Baghdad by Iraqi police today; one in Fdhailiyah and the other in Doura.

#3: Three mortar shells hit the outskirts of Dora neighborhood, causing no injuries, around 10 a.m.

#4: A car bomb killed Abdul-Amer Gattie, the head of a U.S.-backed neighbourhood patrol group, in the Baghdad district of Saidiya, police said.

Diyala Prv:
#1: Also on Saturday, three civilians - a man and two women in the same family - were killed by a roadside bomb about 10 kilometres south of the troubled city of Baquba, an Iraqi security source said.

#2: Another bomb also exploded in central Baquba, wounding one person, according to the same source.

#1: Police on Friday found the body of man apparently strangled, 60 km (40 miles) south of Baghdad, police said.

#1: In another incident, policemen found an unidentified body in the area of al-Mahnawiya, al-Mahawil district, (20 km) north of Hilla, the same source said.

#1: Gunmen killed a man in a drive-by shooting on Friday in central Iskandariya, 40 km (25 miles) south of Baghdad, police said.

#2: "A civilian man was killed (on Saturday) when unidentified gunmen opened random fire in the area of Jassman, al-Iskandariya district, (50 km) north of Hilla," the source told Aswat al-Iraq – Voices of Iraq on customary condition of anonymity. "The gunmen managed to escape to an unknown place," the source added, not giving further information about the shooting.

#1: An improvised explosive device (IED) went off near an Iraqi police patrol in northern Mosul on Saturday but left no casualties, a security source in the province said. "The IED detonated as the Umm al-Rabiain police patrol was passing by off the law college in al-Mualimeen neighborhood, northern Mosul, leaving no casualties or material damage," the source, who requested anonymity, told Aswat al-Iraq – Voices of Iraq.

#2: A policeman was killed when a sticky improvised explosive device (IED) emplaced on his vehicle went off in al-Khadraa neighborhood, eastern Mosul city, on Saturday, a security source said. "A policeman working at the Ninewa governor's office was killed on Saturday when a sticky IED put on his vehicle went off near his home in al-Khadraa neighborhood, eastern Mosul," the source, who asked not to have his name published, told Aswat al-Iraq – Voices of Iraq

Tal Afar:
#1: Meanwhile, at least six people were killed and about 50 were injured Saturday - including 19 in critical condition - when a suicide bomber attacked a market in Tal Afar, police and medical officials said.

#1: A suicide bomber blew himself up inside a government building in southwestern Afghanistan Saturday, killing a senior state prosecutor and two other people, a provincial governor said. The bomber detonated explosives strapped to his body after entering the office of a provincial attorney in Nimroz province, governor Ghulam Dastgir Azad told AFP. "The National Security attorney, his son and an aide were killed by a suicide bomber who had somehow entered into his office this morning," Azad said.

#2: A pickup truck packed with a large amount of explosives blew up a security checkpoint in Pakistan's volatile northwest Saturday, killing at least 13 people and injuring nearly 60 in an attack that may have been intended for a more important target, police said. The suicide attack occurred on the outskirts of Peshawar on the day Pakistani lawmakers voted for a new president, underscoring the challenges facing a country the U.S. has pressured to crack down on insurgents. At least 13 people died and nearly 60 were wounded, Bangash said. Several of the dead were believed to be police manning the post. At Lady Reading Hospital in Peshawar, officials said about 30 wounded people had come for treatment.

#3: The newly appointed governor of Afghanistan's rugged mountain province of Nuristan was killed when the car he was travelling in plunged into a river en route to Kabul, his deputy said Saturday. Hazrat Din Noor, 55, was killed Friday along with his driver and a bodyguard in the Sarobi area roughly 50 kilometres (30 miles) from the capital