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

Monday, November 17, 2008

War News for Monday, November 17, 2008

Nov. 14 Airpower Summary:

Reported Security incidents:

#1: Around 1:30 pm a megnatic bomb detonated under a civilian car in Sheikh Omar neighborhood (north Baghdad). Five people were injured.

#2: The Iraqi army killed five militants and arrested 26 others during last 24 hours in different parts of Iraq, the Defence Ministry said in a stateme.

#3: Another bomb exploded inside a civilian vehicle on a highway in Baghdad, injuring two,” he also said.

#4: The third bomb exploded in a third car in al-Jameaa neighborhood, injuring three civilians,” he noted.

#1: A man was found shot dead inside his car on Sunday in the town of Numaniya, 120 km (70 miles) south of Baghdad, police said.

#1: Gunmen shot dead an Awakening Council group fighter in a village near the town of Iskandariyah, 35 km south of Baghdad, a local police source told Xinhua on condition of anonymity.

#1: Meanwhile, the police said that a mortar round landed on a house in the town of al-Mssyyab, some 70 km south of Baghdad, killing a resident and causing damages to the house.

#2: A roadside bomb killed two civilians and wounded three others in the town of Mussayab, 60 km (40 miles) south of Baghdad, police said.

#1: Two suspected militants were wounded when their booby-trapped car apparently detonated prematurely in the al-Mahaweel area, 85 km south of Baghdad, a local police source said. The two suspects were trying to park their car near the house of a senior official in the local government of the town, the source said.

#1: Separately, a car bomb parked near a U.S. and Iraqi military base in central of Amara city, 375 km southeast of Baghdad, detonated and wounded 18 people, a medical source told Xinhua on condition of anonymity. The source confirmed that his hospital received 18 wounded people by the car bomb blast, adding that seven of the victims were in critical condition.

#1: The number of people wounded in Monday’s central Sulaimaniya blast rose to seven, according to the province’s security chief. “The blast left seven wounded, four of them slightly,” Brig. Hassan Nouri told Aswat al-Iraq, adding the explosion also caused material damage to four vehicles and six houses nearby. Nouri said it is not so far known whether the explosion resulted from an act of sabotage or a gas pipe blast. Meanwhile, a source from the Sulaimaniya police said that three students were among the wounded.

#1: A policeman was killed and six others wounded when a car bomb went off near a security patrol in central Mosul city on Monday, a Ninewa police source said. “The explosion, which occurred in the area of al-Dawasa, central Mosul, where traffic was prohibited, left one policeman killed and six others, including three policemen, wounded,” the source told Aswat

#2: Police said they killed two gunmen inside a house in western Mosul.

#1: Afghan officials say two police officers and a civilian have been killed in a suicide attack at the entrance of a government office in southern Afghanistan. A government spokesman, Zalmai Ayobi, says at least two other policemen were wounded in Monday's blast, when authorities tried to stop the bomber from entering Dand district headquarters in Kandahar province.