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

Wednesday, September 10, 2008

War News for Wednesday, September 10, 2008

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Reported Security incidents:

#1: One civilian was killed and six people were wounded, including three policemen, when a roadside bomb exploded near a restaurant frequented by police in eastern Baghdad on Tuesday, police said.

#2: The bodies of two men were found in different districts of Baghdad on Tuesday, police said.

#1: A roadside bomb detonated near a police patrol, wounding two policemen in Iskandariya, 40 km (25 miles) south of Baghdad, police said.

Tuz Khurmato:
#1: A car bomb wounded four civilians near the office of the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan (PUK) party, headed by President Jalal Talabani, in the town of Tuz Khurmato, 170 km (105 miles) north of Baghdad, police said.

#1: Gunmen shot dead a Christian man near his house in eastern Mosul, police said.

#1: At least 11 militants were killed early Wednesday when government troops pounded their hideouts in Pakistan's restive northwestern Swat valley, the military said. The operation was launched in the Koza Banda area where rebels have stepped up their activities during the past two weeks, said military spokesman Colonel Nadeem Anwar.

#2: Afghan National Army (ANA) by the support of the U.S.-led Coalition forces have eliminated 12 militants in Waza Jardan district of eastern Afghanistan's Paktya province, said a statement of Defense Ministry released here on Wednesday. A group of insurgents ambushed the ANA convoy when it passed the Waza Jardan district Tuesday, the statement said. "ANA returned fire and called for support of Coalition air strike killing 12 rebels," it said. "Ammunition and weapons such as four RPGs (Rocket Propelled Grenade), 13 rockets, five machine guns and eight grenades were also captured."

#3: U.S.-led coalition forces killed two militants during a search operation in the Tagab district of Kapisa province, northeast of Kabul, on Tuesday, the U.S. military said.

Casualty Reports:

Marine Sgt. Gregory Edwards, who lost his legs and also suffered a shattered left hand when a bomb exploded near him while he was on a foot patrol in Ramadi, in Iraq's Anbar Province.