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

Tuesday, September 2, 2008

War News for Tuesday, September 02, 2008

MNF-Iraq is reporting the death of a Multi-National Division - Center soldier in a non-combat related incident in Baghdad on Tuesday, September 2nd.

The DoD is reporting a new death previously unreported by the military. Petty Officer 1st Class Joshua Harris died during combat operations in Afghanistan on Saturday, August 30th. No other details were disclosed.

Dutch Official: Attack on Iran Imminent: (I normally wouldn't post something like this but I made an exception here)

Soldier 'shot comrade in the head after pointing gun at him as a joke' inside Saddam palace: (a story about a dumb-ass with a gun)

Reported Security incidents:

#1: In the first incident, an improvised explosive device detonated near Al-Kendi hospital in central Baghdad, killing a policeman and a civilian, police said. Two women and two children were among the nine injured.

#2: Another roadside bomb that also appeared to target security forces killed two civilians and wounded eight in Al-Harthiyah neighbourhood of the Iraqi capital, an official with the interior ministry said.

A roadside bomb killed two people and wounded ten others in the district of Harthiya, in western Baghdad, police said.

#3: A roadside bomb killed two people and wounded 11 others including three policemen in the Nahda district of central Baghdad, police said.

#4: Gunmen attacked a governmental office for the Sunni endowment in Adhemiyah neighborhood, killing one guard and injuring two civilians on Monday.

Diyala Prv:
#1: "An unidentified armed group kidnapped a family of four people after raiding their home in Abi Saida area, al-Muqdadiya district, (45 km) northeast of Baaquba," Col. Ali al-Mandilawi told Aswat al-Iraq – Voices of Iraq.

#1: Two handcuffed bodies with gunshot wounds were recovered from the Tigris river in Suwayra, 50 km (30 miles) southeast of Baghdad, police said. One body was in Iraqi army uniform.

#1: A teenage suicide bomber killed one member of a U.S.-backed neighbourhood patrol group and wounded seven others on Monday in an attack on a tribal sheikh's residence in Tarmiyah, 25 km (15 miles) north of Baghdad, the U.S. military said in a statement.

#1: A roadside bomb killed a 9-year-old boy and injured his father and brother in Al Qadisiyah neighborhood in central Kirkuk city on Monday. Police said the bomb was targeting police vehicles but exploded when the family's car passed by it.

#2: Kirkuk's deputy governor on Tuesday survived an assassination attempt on his life, a security source said."A roadside bomb went off near the Baghdad bus station targeting Kirkuk's deputy governor Rakan Said,"a Kirkuk security source, who requested anonymity, told Aswat al-Iraq - Voices of Iraq.

#1: In the troubled northern city of Mosul four people were killed and four others wounded when a suicide bomber tried to ram his explosives-laden car into a security checkpoint, a local police officer told AFP.

At least seven people were killed and seven wounded Tuesday in a car bomb explosion at a security checkpost in Iraq’s Nineveh provincial capital of Mosul, the police said. The suicide bomber drove his car into a security checkpost and triggered the explosion. The incident occurred in the al-Quds neighbourhood in southeastern Mosul, an official said, requesting anonymity. The official said children were among the dead but could not confirm whether soldiers were also killed.

#2: An Iraqi army soldier was killed in the northern city of Mosul, a security source said."Unknown gunmen opened fire on an Iraqi army patrol in 17 Tamuz district, west Mosul, killing one of the patrol servicemen," a Ninewa security source, who requested anonymity, told Aswat al-Iraq - Voices of Iraq.

#3: One Iraqi soldier was killed and three others wounded by a suicide car bomb in the northern city of Mosul, a security source said."A car bomb driven by a suicide bomber went off against an Iraqi army patrol in Baghdad Road, south Mosul, leaving one soldier killed and three others wounded," a Ninewa security source, who requested anonymity, told Aswat al-Iraq - Voices of Iraq.

#1: Three security guards from a private company were killed in a Taliban militants attack on a convoy supplying international troops in Wardak province.

#2: In another bomb blast, two Afghan police officers were killed and two others wounded when a roadside bomb struck their vehicle in eastern province of Khost.

#3: Also on Monday, a civilian driver was killed in a separate bomb blast in the southern province of Kandahar, a hotbed of the Taliban insurgency, a police official said.