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

Friday, October 31, 2008

War News for Friday, October 31, 2008

The Wall Street Journey is reporting the death of a U.S. - led coalition soldier in a small arms incident in an eastern province of Afghanistan on Friday, October 31st. No other details were released.

Oct. 29 airpower summary:

Iraq MP: 420 secret detention centres in Iraq:

Syria decides to cut off ties with Iraq:

Japan general says WW2 military acts not aggression: (??? it's off topic but I got a good chuckle) "It is certainly a false accusation to say that our country was an aggressor nation."

Asia Times: US's Syrian raid sets Iraq on fire

Reported Security incidents:

#1: Thursday Police found one dead body in Ur neighborhood (east Baghdad) today.

#2: Militants blew up a section of a Baghdad water pipeline, shutting off drinking water to hundreds of thousands of people, the U.S. military said on Friday. The explosion on Thursday tore an 18-inch hole in a pipeline carrying drinking water to Baghdad's Adhamiyah, Rusafa and Karrada districts, a U.S. military said, adding that it expected the pipeline would be fixed by the end of Friday.

#3: A booby trapped bicycle detonated in Madain, 5 km to the southeast of Baghdad in an area of car dealerships at 5 p.m. Friday. No casualties were reported.

#4: Two unidentified bodies were found by Iraqi Police in Baghdad today; the first in Jihad and the second in al-Obaidi.

#1: Unknown gunmen on Thursday killed a policeman in south Mosul, a security source said.
“Unknown gunmen shot a policeman dead in al-Mansour district, south Mosul,” a Mosul security source said. “The policeman, an element of the emergency police, was on leave when the gunmen attacked him,” the source noted.

#2: One civilian was killed in volatile northern province of Ninewa on Thursday, a security source said. “Unknown gunmen shot a civilian while he was working in his orchard in al-Jamasa district, east Mosul,” a Ninewa security source told Aswat al-Iraq.

#3: Meanwhile the same source said “a roadside bomb went off against an Iraqi army patrol in al-Tanak district, west Mosul, leaving two soldiers lightly injured.”

#4: A roadside bomb wounded two Iraqi soldiers when it struck their patrol in western Mosul on Thursday, police said.

#5: Two people were wounded by a roadside bomb blast in eastern Mosul, police said.

#6: A sniper shot and wounded one policeman at his checkpoint in western Mosul, police said.

#1: during a reconnaissance operation designed to detect possible weapons caches, a company of Kapisa CATF 09.00 points to two groups of insurgents armed, or in all some twenty people. La compagnie française engage rapidement le combat, à environ 6 kilomètres au sud-est de la FOB NIJRAB, près du village de Kora. The French company calls the fight quickly, about 6 km south-east of the FOB NIJRAB near the village of Kora. Elle est renforcée par 2 sections d'alerte et des hélicoptères KIOWA américains du Regional Command Est . It is reinforced by 2 sections of alert and Kiowa helicopters of the U.S. Regional Command East. Les combats cessent vers 17h00. The fighting ceased to 17.00. Au cours de l’action, trois militaires français sont légèrement blessés. During the action, three French soldiers were slightly wounded. Le bilan provisoire des pertes pour les insurgés est d'au moins 4 tués. The provisional toll of losses for the insurgents is at least 4 killed.

#2: A suicide bomber attacked the convoy of a regional police chief in northwestern Pakistan on Friday, killing three police officers and five civilians, officials said. The attacker, who was on foot, hit the first vehicle in the convoy as it emerged from the police chief's residence in the city of Mardan. District mayor Himayat Ali said eight people died and another 15 were wounded.