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, October 1, 2008

War News for Wednesday, October 01, 2008

Sept. 29 airpower summary:

Iraq civilian, U.S. troop deaths fall in September: The number of civilians killed in Iraq last month more than halved to 359 compared to a year ago, Iraqi government figures showed, and the number of U.S. troops killed in action also fell dramatically.

Deaths increase for Iraqi forces, fall for GIs: The number of Iraqi security forces killed in September rose by nearly a third to 159 compared with the same period last year, Associated Press figures showed Tuesday. U.S. troop deaths for the same period fell by nearly 40 percent to 25.

Former Abu Ghraib guard says prisoners were treated even worse than was reported:

British envoy says mission in Afghanistan is doomed, according to leaked memo: The official version of the US-led campaign in Afghanistan received a blow today with a leaked report that the British Ambassador in Kabul believes that US strategy is wrong and the war is as good as lost. Mr Fitou reported to President Sarkozy's office and his own Foreign Ministry that Sir Sherard Cowper-Coles, the British Ambassador, believed that "American strategy is destined to fail" in Afghanistan, according to the newspaper.

The McCain family's 13-bedroom estate will be auctioned in October. KTVK got an exclusive tour of the desert compound. (This guy is obviously not in touch with everyday Americans.)

Reported Security incidents:

#1: Around 12:30 pm a roadside bomb detonated near a mosque (Mohammed Rasool Allah) in Jihad neighborhood. Four people were injured.
Diyala Prv:
#1: In the early morning there were clashes between the emergency police and gunmen in Tahaniyah village of Mandli ( about 52 miles east of Baquba). Two gunmen were killed and three others were arrested. From their side police had four policemen injured.
#1: A car bomb went off at a parking-lot in the town of Balad in Salahudin province on Wednesday, killing at least three people and wounding 29 others, a provincial police source said. "A car bomb parked in a busy parking-lot in the Shiite holy suburb of Saiyd Muhammad in the town of Balad, some 80 km north of Baghdad, killing at least three people and wounding some 29 others," the source told Xinhua on condition of anonymity. The powerful blast also destroyed dozens of nearby civilian cars, setting fire to most of them, the source said.

#1: A missile strike by a suspected U.S. drone killed at least six people in a Pakistani tribal region near the Afghan border, two Pakistani intelligence officials said Wednesday. The two intelligence officials said the missiles struck the home of a local Taliban commander before midnight Tuesday near Mir Ali, a town in the North Waziristan region. The officials, citing reports from their field agents, said six people were killed in the attack. Both officials asked for anonymity because they were not authorized to speak to media. They said a U.S. drone aircraft _ not Pakistani forces _ fired the missiles.

#2: Seven soldiers of the Czech Provincial Reconstruction Team (PRT) were wounded near the Shank base in the Afghan province Logar at 12:20 local time today, Czech military general staff told CTK. The Shank base was attacked last week, too. Three Czech troops were injured last Monday. Nobody was injured in another attack last Wednesday. Rockets were used in all the three attacks.