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 30, 2008

War News for Tuesday, September 30, 2008

The Washington Post is reporting the deaths of three U.S.-led coalition soldiers in an IED attack in a southern Province in Afghanistan on Monday, September 29th. As always no other details were released.

MNF-Iraq is reporting the death of a Multi-National Division - Baghdad soldier at a Coalition force’s Combat Support Hospital after a small-arms fire attack in a northern neighborhood Baghdad on Tuesday, September 30th.

Iran Sends 160 Fuel Trucks to Iraq Everyday:

Fighting Between Pakistani Troops, Militants Displaces Thousands: Pakistani officials put the number of displaced Bajur people at 500,000, most of whom sought shelter from their relatives across northwestern Pakistan, and 100,000 taking refuge in government camps.

Taliban chief vows 'safe retreat' for foreign troops: statement: (a joke?)

Reported Security incidents:

#1: Monday Police found one dead body in Saidiyah in Karkh bank (south Baghdad) today.

#2: Monday Mortars hit Hurriyah neighborhood (northwest Baghdad). Five people were injured with one house was damaged.

#3: Monday Mortars hit Ghazaliyah neighborhood (northwest Baghdad) near Um Al-Qura mosque. Three people were injured with some houses nearby were damaged.

#4: Monday Mortars hit Abu Ghraib (west of Baghdad). One person was injured with two houses were damaged.

#5: Iraqi police say a parked car bomb in Baghdad has killed three civilians and injured eight others. Police say the victims were having lunch at a kebab restaurant in Baghdad's mainly Shiite Karradah neighborhood when the explosion occurred around 3 p.m. Tuesday.

#6: The Iraqi army killed two militants, including a Syrian fighter, and arrested two other foreign fighters, from Syria and Yemen, in Abu Ghraib, just west of Baghdad, a security source said.

#7: Iraqi explosive experts detonated under control a bomb in Amil neighborhood in west Baghdad around 12:00 p.m.

#8: Police found two unidentified bodies in Baghdad. The first body was found in Talbiyah neighborhood and the second body was found in Amil neighborhood

Diyala Prv:
#1: A member of the Kurdistan Democratic Party (KDP) on Tuesday was wounded in a blast that ripped through Diala's Jalawlaa district, a police source said. "Today, a roadside improvised explosive device (IED) in al-Jamaheer neighborhood, northern Jalawlaa, went off while a vehicle carrying Jamal al-Sayyid Khaleely, a KDP member, was passing the location, seriously wounding him and causing damage to the vehicle," the source told Aswat al-Iraq.

#1: Monday Around 5:30 pm a car bomb detonated in Nabi Yunis neighborhood in Mosul before the Iraqi army experts defuse it. Nine people were injured including 5 Peshmerga members of the PDK.

#2: Gunmen stormed a coffee shop and killed an employee on Monday in central Mosul, 390 km (240 miles) north of Baghdad, police said.

#3: A body of a woman was found with gunshot wounds to her head on Monday in eastern Mosul, police said.

#4: Around 7:30 p.m. gunmen attacked al Baladiyat police station in downtown Mosul city injuring tow policemen.

#1: Afghanistan's ambassador-designate, who was kidnapped last week in Pakistan's northwest region, has been freed, sources told Pakistan's News International.

#2: A British soldier shot dead a civilian who failed to stop his motorbike as it approached a patrol in southern Afghanistan. The man did not react to warning shots in Sangin district, Helmand province, the Ministry of Defence said, leading to fears that he was a suicide bomber.

#3: Pakistani troops backed by gunship helicopters killed 13 Taliban militants in fresh clashes in the troubled tribal district of Bajaur on the Afghan border, officials said Tuesday. Four Islamist insurgents were killed Tuesday and two were wounded in the shelling of a suspected vehicle in the town of Mamoond, a security official said on condition of anonymity. Troops killed another five extremists after a group of militants launched an attack on a military checkpost in the same town, sparking a gunbattle that lasted nearly one hour, the official said. A further four militants were killed overnight when jets pounded suspected hideouts in the area, security officials said.