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 27, 2008

War News for Saturday, September 27, 2008

#1: A police officer and two civilians were injured by an adhesive bomb that was attached to the car of the police officer in al Mansour neighborhood in west Baghdad around 1:00 p.m.

Diyala Prv:
#1: An armed group kidnapped a civilian man in central Baaquba city on Friday, according to an official security source in Diala province. “An armed group suspected of belonging to al-Qaeda network kidnapped a civilian person in Khan al-Lawalwa area, New Baaquba neighborhood, central Baaquba, and led him to an unknown place,” the source, who asked that his name not be mentioned, told Aswat al-Iraq.

#1: A member of the Kurdish peshmerga died when Iraqi police on Saturday raided a peshmerga security post in the troubled town of Jalawla, Salah Koikha, spokesman for the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan, a leading Kurdish political party, told AFP. An Iraqi security official speaking on condition of anonymity confirmed the incident, saying the troops targeted a cell of the peshmerga secret service known as Asayish.

A policeman and a member of the Kurdistan Democratic Party were killed and two policemen others wounded in armed clashes between the Emergency Police personnel and gunmen from the autonomous Iraqi Kurdistan Region President Massoud Barazani's KDP, a security source said.

Touz Khormato:
#1: Four police personnel on Saturday were wounded and three wanted persons were arrested during a search raid in northern Touz Khormato, a senior police source said. "On Saturday, an emergency police force carried out a raid on a restaurant in northern Touz Khormato (100 km east of Tikrit) to arrest persons who are wanted by the security apparatus," the mayor of Touz Khormato district, Mohammed Rasheed, told Aswat al-Iraq.Members of the force engaged in clashes with the wanted individuals, the mayor noted, adding that four policemen were injured and three wanted men were arrested.

#1: A municipal council member on Saturday was wounded along with his wife in an armed attack west of Mosul city, a senior official said. "On Saturday, unknown gunmen opened fire on Issa Hammoud, a municipal council member in al-Biaaj district (126 km west of Mosul), while he was driving his private car with his family inside on the main road between al-Biaaj and Sinjar (120 km west of Mosul), wounding him and his wife," the mayor of Ninewa's al-Biaaj district told Aswat al-Iraq.

#2: "A force from the Iraqi army annihilated two gunmen during a late hour of Friday evening while attempting to attack an army checkpoint in Adan neighborhood, eastern Mosul," the source told Aswat al-Iraq, adding the Iraqi troops found two guns in the possession of the attackers.

#3: Meanwhile, an IED went off in al-Ghabat, western Mosul, leaving a civilian and his wife wounded. They were rushed to a hospital. "The explosive charge went off but apparently did not target any military or security facilities or personnel," the source said.