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 29, 2008

War News for Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Oct. 26 airpower summary:

Oct. 27 airpower summary:

South Korea to withdraw troops from Iraq in December:

Millions of Iraqis at risk from contaminated water, says Red Cross:

#1: In Baghdad's Hai Ur neighbourhood a roadside bomb struck a bus carrying education ministry employees, killing two of them, a security official said.

Four people were wounded on Wednesday when an explosive charge went off targeting a bus carrying employees in northeastern Baghdad, a police source said. “A roadside bomb was detonated in Ur neighborhood in northeastern Baghdad when a bus carrying employees of the education ministry was passing, injuring four,” the source told Aswat al-Iraq.

Diyala Prv:
#1: In Diyala, a province northeast of Baghdad, three people were killed when armed men attacked the house of a leader of a group fighting Al-Qaeda. A security official said suspected Al-Qaeda fighters attacked Abdel Karim Hassan's house in Dahalka village, east of the provincial capital Baquba, and his father, daughter and a son-in-law were killed in a firefight. Hassan was wounded along with 13.

#1: A roadside bomb killed a 4-year old girl and wounded eight other civilians including women and children at a market in central Baquba, 65 km (40 miles) northeast of Baghdad, police said.

#1: Gunmen shot dead two police intelligence officers in the central Shiite city of Hilla as they visited friends, police Lieutenant Kadhim al-Khafazi said. Two other officers were wounded in the attack..

#2: In a separate attack, gunmen shot dead another policeman in front of his house in Hilla, he added.

#1: Two policemen were wounded on Wednesday in a bomb explosion in central Kirkuk, a police source said. “An explosive charge exploded inside a car in al-Tarbiya street in central Kirkuk, injuring two policemen,” the source told Aswat al-Iraq.

#1: A policeman was killed and four others wounded when a parked car bomb struck a passing police patrol in the northern city of Mosul, police said.

A parked car bomb near a police patrol killed one policeman and wounded six others in southern Mosul, 390 km (240 miles) north of Baghdad, police said.

#2: Three Iraqi soldiers were wounded on Tuesday when an improvised explosive device went off targeting their patrol in western Mosul, a police source said. “The bomb was detonated in al-Aamel neighborhood in western Mosul, targeting an Iraqi army walking patrol, injuring three soldiers,” the source told Aswat al-Iraq.

Three soldiers on a foot patrol were seriously wounded by a bomb in western Mosul, north of Baghdad, police said.

#3: Tuesday Meanwhile, the same source said that another bomb exploded today targeting an Iraqi army carries in al-Yarmouk neighborhood in western Mosul, causing material damage to the carrier.

#4: An Iraqi soldier was killed on Wednesday by a sniper fire in western Mosul, a police source said. “A sniper shot and killed an Iraqi army soldier in al-Tank neighborhood in western Mosul,” the source told Aswat al-Iraq.

#5: Gunmen wounded an Iraqi policeman in a drive-by shooting in western Mosul, police said.

Al Anbar Prv:
#1: A roadside bomb killed one civilian and wounded another in Ramadi, 100 km (60 miles) west of Baghdad, police Major Alaa al-Dulaimi said.

British Lance Corporal Martin Edwards was badly hurt when his Warrior armoured vehicle hit a roadside bomb in Basra. Lance Cpl Edwards, 26, was on his third tour of Iraq when he was wounded on October 18, 2006.He had been trained as a sniper and was driving the Warrior when it blew up. A piece of shrapnel pierced his forehead and came out the other side, destroying part of his brain. Martin was left disabled in his left arm and leg and he has lost some of his long-term memory. At Lister House, he receives Botox injections to relax his muscles and is given physiotherapy and hydrotherapy. He can walk with help from carers and also with a Zimmer frame. "He can now make a cup of tea and slice of toast," said Julie. "He is doing better than we expected and we are really pleased with him."

Joe Shytle, 26, was injured on May 15, 2005 in an IED (improvised explosive devise) blast while serving in Iraq. "I was hospitalized for three and a half months," said Shytle, then an Army private. The blast left him with open fractures to his arms and a leg and nerve damage. Seven months of therapy helped them get back to working order.