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, October 28, 2008

War News for Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Oct. 25 airpower summary:

Iraqi militant to hang for killing of US soldiers:

BBC: Syria raid 'killed major target'

NY Times: Fractures in Iraq City as Kurds and Baghdad Vie:

Sexual trauma afflicts 15 pct of U.S. veterans:

Tonga to withdraw troops from Iraq:

Last Polish troops come home from Iraq:

Afghanistan: Nuristan, in Pictures:

Iraq-era swift boats to set sail anew:

Heavy fighting on northern fronts in Sri Lanka:

Reported Security incidents:

#1: In Baghdad, five people were killed and 15 wounded in a car bomb attack in the capital's Al-Jihad neighbourhood, a security official with the defence ministry said.

#2-#3: Also in the capital, a police officer said nine people, including four policemen, were wounded in two separate roadside bombs targeting police convoys.

#2: “An IED ripped through al-Nahda, central Baghdad, leaving four civilians wounded,” the source told Aswat al-Iraq.

#3: “On al-Nidal street, also central Baghdad, three civilians were wounded in another IED attack,” the source added.

#4: Around 10:00 a.m. Iraqi police blew up under control an adhesive bomb that was stuck to a sedan near Sina’a Street in east Baghdad.

#5: Around 10:15 a.m. the US military blew up under control a roadside bomb in Fdhiliyah neighborhood in east Baghdad.

#6: One civilian was killed and five others were wounded by a roadside bomb in Baladiyat neighborhood in east Baghdad around 4:00 p.m.

#7: Two civilians were wounded by an adhesive bomb that was stuck to a sedan in Harthiyah Street west Baghdad around 7:00 p.m.

#8: Police found one unidentified body in Bayaa neighborhood south Baghdad

Diyala Prv:
#1: Three civilians in a sedan were injured by a roadside bomb in al Naqeeb village south of Baquba city around &:30 a.m.

#1: A body of a policeman was found with gunshot wounds to the head in central Hilla, 100 km (60 miles) south of Baghdad, police said.

#1: Deputy Commander of the Iraqi army 8th division on Tuesday said that a steel column that was linked to a U.S. military vehicle hit an Iraqi soldier, wounding him seriously, denying reports that the soldier was injured by random U.S. fire. “News that depicted an Iraqi soldier having been seriously wounded in the head by random U.S. fire at a military checkpoint, southern Diwaniya city, are inaccurate,” Brigadier Jameel Kamil told Aswat al-Iraq. Earlier, a source told Aswat al-Iraq that a soldier from the Iraqi Army’s 8th Division was wounded in the head when a U.S. patrol vehicle randomly opened fire upon its arrival at a security checkpoint (5 km south of Diwaniya city).

Abu Ghrib:
#1: One civilian was killed and nine others were wounded by an explosion on Monday in Abu Ghraib, west of Baghdad, the U.S. military said.

#1: The driver of the Iraqi Christian lawmaker Yonadim Kanna was injured seriously when gunmen shot him while he was leaving a restaurant in Doz area; 62 miles south of Kirkuk city.

#2: Two gunmen were injured while they were attacking joint checkpoint of Iraqi police and Sahwa members near Mahoz village west of Kirkuk city on Tuesday morning.

#3: The commander of the Kurdish security forces known as Asayish Lieutenant Colonel Shamal Mohammed survived when a roadside bomb detonated targeting his vehicle in downtown Tuz district north of Kirkuk city around 8:30 a.m.

Ninevah Prv:
#1: Gunmen fired on a group of eight policemen as they were on their way to work in Mosul, said a local police officer who declined to give his name. Four of them were killed and the others were wounded, he said, adding the attack took place in the city's western Al-Amil neighbourhood.

Unknown gunmen on Tuesday shot dead four people and wounded four others at a police recruiting center in the volatile city of Mosul, capital of Nineveh province, a provincial police source said. The attackers opened small-arms fire on many recruits when they were lining up outside the center to join Iraqi police in the Hay al-Amil neighborhood in southern Mosul, the source told Xinhua on condition of anonymity.

Tal Afar:
#1: Iraqi security forces found on Tuesday a mass grave containing 20 decomposed bodies in a town in the northern province of Nineveh, a local police source said. The forces discovered the site of the mass grave at a deserted house in central Tal Afar town, some 80 km west of the provincial capital of Mosul, the source told Xinhua on condition of anonymity.

#1: Turkish warplanes bombed Kurdish separatist targets on Tuesday in northern Iraq with the backing of artillery fire from Turkey, the military said.

Al Anbar Prv:
#1: Two policemen were killed and three others were inured when a suicide bomber wearing an explosive vest detonated near the first checkpoint of Habbaniyah police station east of Ramadi city around 11:00 a.m.

#1: Afghan forces backed by the U.S.-led Coalition forces killed one suspected militant and detained seven others during operations targeting the Taliban and Haqqani networks in eastern Afghanistan on Monday, said a Coalition statement released here on Tuesday. The combined forces searched a compound associated with a Haqqani commander suspected of facilitating the movement of foreign fighters in Sabari district of Khost province, the statement said. "As the combined force entered the targeted compound an armed militant attempted to assault the force," it said. "The force engaged the militant with small-arms fire, killing him." Six suspected militants were also arrested during the operation, it added.

#2: An explosion occurred on a road in the Afghan capital Kabul on Tuesday, but it was not clear what caused it and if there were any casualties, a police source said. The blast happened on a road leading east from the city close to several bases used by foreign troops who have come under a series of suicide attacks by Taliban insurgents in the past, he added.

Smoke from a car engine spread fears of an explosion on a road often targeted by suicide bombers in the Afghan capital on Tuesday with police saying there had been a blast. But police officials and Reuters witnesses at the scene said the thick cloud of smoke had been caused by a car with engine problems. Crowds gathered round the vehicle thinking there had been a suicide bomb.