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 17, 2008

War News for Wednesday, September 17, 2008

The Washington Post is reporting the deaths of four U.S.-led coalition soldiers in a roadside bombing in an eastern province of Afghanistan on Wednesday, September 17th. An Afghan was also killed in the attack. No other details were released. We believe these to be American soldiers.

MNF-Iraq is reporting the death of a Multi-National Division - Baghdad soldier from a non-battle related cause in an undisclosed location in Iraq on Wednesday, September 17th. No other details were released.

MNF-Iraq is reporting the death of a Multi-National Corps – Iraq soldier from a non-battle related cause in an undisclosed location in Iraq on Wednesday, September 17th. No other details were released.

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Reported Security incidents:

#1: Iraqi police say twin bombs have killed four people and wounded 15 in western Baghdad. A police officer says the attack consisted of a car bomb followed two minutes later by a roadside bomb hidden in a box 50 meters away. The officer says one policeman was among the injured on Wednesday. He spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to speak to the media.

Eight people were killed and 25 wounded when the two bombs went off minutes apart in the Al-Khark district of west Baghdad, an interior ministry official said.

"Two cars rigged with explosives went off near al-Jibji hospital in al-Harithiya region in western Baghdad, killing five persons and injuring 20," the source, who asked for anonymity, told Aswat al-Iraq - Voices of Iraq

#2: The policeman was killed when a roadside bomb struck his patrol in Baghdad eastern neighborhood of Zayouna, the source told Xinhua on condition of anonymity. The blast also left three policemen and two civilians injured, the source said.

"A bomb which was intended for Al-Jadida district Mayor Essam al-Temimi, went off in the Zatunah neighbourhood killing a civilian and wounding two of his bodyguards," a security source said.

#3: Another roadside bomb hit an Iraqi army patrol near Maysaloon Square in the Baghdad al-Jadida or new Baghdad district in the southeast of the capital, leaving three soldiers and three civilians wounded, he said.

A man was then killed when a mine went off on Palestine Street as a police patrol passed. Five people were wounded, three of them policemen.

#4: Meanwhile, a third roadside bomb went off near a traffic police patrol while passing near the al-Masbah intersection in Baghdad central district of Karrada, wounding a traffic policeman and two civilians, he added.

"An explosive charge was detonated in al-Masbah region in central Baghdad, injuring three persons, including two policemen," the source, who asked for anonymity, told Aswat al-Iraq - Voices of Iraq:

#5: (?) And six people were wounded, three of them soldiers, when their convoy hit a makeshift mine.

#6: Tuesday police found one unidentified body in Talbiyah neighborhood in east Baghdad.

#7: Four people were wounded, including a policeman, when gunmen threw a grenade at a police patrol in Mansour district in western Baghdad on Tuesday, police said.

#8: Police found 2 dead bodies in Baghdad today: one was found in Saidiyah neighborhood in Karkh bank and one was found in Bub Al-Sham in Risafa bank.

#1: "A local-made bomb, planted on a road in the popular marketplace in central Baiji district, went off, injuring six persons, including two in critical condition," the source, who asked to be unnamed, told Aswat al-Iraq - Voices of Iraq.

#2: Meanwhile, the same source said "four gunmen kidnapped an owner of a store in the Baiji market at the center of the district and took him to unknown place."

Al Rashad:
#1: Gunmen opened fire at Kia mini bus in Rashad town (west of Kirkuk). Three people were killed and four others were injured

#1: Gunmen shot dead a student in Mosul on Monday night, police said.

#2: A roadside bomb wounded two policemen when it exploded near their patrol in Mosul on Tuesday, police said.

#3: Unknown gunmen opened fire targeting a Muslim cleric, eastern Mosul, seriously wounding him, a security source from Ninewa province said on Wednesday. "Unidentified armed men today opened fire on Sheikh Mohammed Salih, in al-Muthana neighborhood, when he was heading to pray," the source told Aswat al-Iraq – Voices of Iraq on condition of anonymity.

Tal Afar:
#1: A roadside bomb wounded four civilians when it struck an army patrol on Tuesday night in Tal Afar, 420 (260 miles) northwest of Baghdad, police said.

#2: On Wednesday, a roadside bomb targeted an army patrol in Tal Afar ( west Mosul). Three soldiers were wounded.

Al Anbar Prv:
#1: An Awakening Council group leader was killed on Wednesday by a bomb explosion in the city of Ramadi, the capital of Anbar province, a provincial police source said. "Muhannad al-Ubeidi, head of the Council group in the neighborhood of Ta'mim in western Ramadi, some 110 km west of Baghdad, was killed by a bomb planted in his car while traveling with his brother in the neighborhood," the source told Xinhua on condition of anonymity. The explosive charge was of a magnetic kind, which had been stuck in Ubeidi's car and totally destroyed it, the source said. Ubeidi's brother was severely wounded and transported to a nearby hospital for treatment, he said.

#1: Separately, coalition troops killed two militants and detained two others during a raid in central Afghanistan, a statement said Wednesday. The action happened Tuesday in an operation in the Andar district of Ghazni province.

#2: Taliban insurgents freed a member of the upper house of parliament kidnapped more than two months ago in Logar province to the south of Kabul, the parliament said on Wednesday. It said provincial tribal chiefs had mediated the release, but the Taliban said the government had freed three militants in return for his release.

#3: At least three security personnel were killed and nine injured in a suicide bomb attack in northwestern Pakistan's Swat valley on Tuesday, local TV channel said. The suicide bomb attack took place at a security checkpost in Swat valley of North West Frontier Province, Dawn News TV channel said. Reports said an suicide bomber entered the school building where the checkpost was situated and blew himself up.

#4: A U.S. missile strike killed five militants in northwest Pakistan on Wednesday, a Pakistani official said. Another official said the attack on a container loaded with ammunition and explosives was the result of better U.S.-Pakistani intelligence sharing and both countries had worked together on the attack. The latest U.S. missile strike by a pilotless drone came at dusk over Baghar village in the South Wazirstan region. The drone fired four missiles at a tented camp. Three of the dead were Arabs, according to a Pakistani intelligence officer who declined to be identified.

Casualty Reports:

Del Toro, an Air Force staff sergeant, suffered burns to 80 percent of his body while serving in Afghanistan. Peterson has had 23 surgeries since being wounded in Iraq, and will require more in the future.