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

Thursday, October 2, 2008

War News for Thursday, October 02, 2008

Sept. 30 airpower summary:

2 soldiers in basic die at Fort Jackson:

US soldier gets 8 months for Iraq killings:

Reported Security incidents:

#1: In the deadliest attack, a suicide car bomber in a white Mercedes sedan detonated his explosives about 20 yards from a mosque in Zafaraniyah in southeastern Baghdad. He set off the bomb when Iraqi soldiers tried to stop him from approaching the building, police said. That attack killed 12 people, including three Iraqi soldiers, and injured 23, police said.

#2: In the other attack, a suicide bomber detonated his explosive belt as worshippers were leaving the Rasoul mosque in the capital's eastern New Baghdad district. Five people died and nine were injured, police said.

#3: Separately Thursday, a bomb in western Baghdad wounded four American soldiers, U.S. military spokesman Lt. Col. Steven Stover said. He gave no other details, but Baghdad police said the attacker was a suicide bomber in a car who detonated his explosives on a U.S. convoy. Two Iraqi civilians were also wounded, a police official said on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to speak to the press.

A suicide car bomb targeted a U.S. military convoy in Ameriyah, west Baghdad at noon. A U.S. army vehicle was destroyed and two Iraqi civilians were injured according to Iraqi police. The U.S. military confirmed the incident, adding that the investigation was ongoing.

#4: One mortar round slammed into the Green Zone near the Ministry of Defence, said Iraqi Police. No casualties were reported.

#5: One unidentified body was found in Nidhal Street, central Baghdad by Iraqi Police today.

Diyala Prv:
#1: In a separate attack, gunmen fatally shot six people as they were traveling in a minibus in Wajihiyah, a town about 60 miles north of Baghdad. The dead included two children, three women and a man, police in Diyala province said. Another woman and her small child were injured.

#1: Two improvised explosive devices and three landmines were defused in central and northern al-Amara city respectively on Thursday, according to al-Balda police chief.

Sulaimaniya Prv:
#1: Police forces on Wednesday found a civilian corpse with signs of gunshots in a garden in southern Halabja, the suburb's police chief said. "This afternoon, police forces found a civilian body in a garden in southern Halabcha (83 km southeast of Sulaimaniya), with signs of gunshots on it," Lieutenant Colonel Anwar Haji-Omar told Aswat al-Iraq. "Preliminary investigations show that the crime took place last night," he said, noting that the killer escaped to Arbil province. "Both the killer and the victim are Sulaimaniya residents," he added.

#1: A Sunni mosque's imam was wounded when he came under an armed attack by unknown gunmen in western Mosul, a source from Ninewa police said on Wednesday. "Unidentified gunmen on Wednesday opened fire on Sheikh Ridhwan Isaldin, Imam of al-Forqan Mosque in al-Aamil neighborhood (western Mosul)," the source told Aswat al-Iraq. The source did not mention further details, but noted, "The Sheikh also works as a professor at the Imam Abu Hanifa College in Mosul."

#1: An Afghan police chief says French NATO troops have wounded four Afghan civilians on a road outside capital. Kabul's police chief Ayub Salangi said the civilians were inside a minibus which got in between a French military convoy as it was traveling outside the capital on Thursday. Salangi says French troops opened fire on the minibus, wounding the four civilians. He says the four are lightly wounded, and French troops took them to a military hospital in the capital for treatment.

#2: Meanwhile, a police officer says at least four people have been killed by a suicide bomber who blew himself up close to a politician's home in northwest Pakistan. Police officer Akhtar Ali Shah says the bomber attacked the house of the chief of the ruling party in the North West Frontier Province. Party head Asafand Yar Wali was unhurt but at least four people were killed in Thursday's blast.