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

Saturday, November 8, 2008

War News for Saturday, November 08, 2008

Nov. 6 airpower summary:

Reported Security incidents:

#1: A bomb has exploded inside a cafe in northern Baghdad, leaving one civilian dead and seven others wounded, police say. The bomb went off inside a popular cafe in Baghdad's Seleikh district, damaging nearby shops and vehicles.

#2: A roadside bomb targeted a U.S. military convoy in Talbiyah, eastern Baghdad. No casualties were reported.

#1: Gunmen killed a former member of Saddam Hussein's Baath party on Friday in city of Kut, 150 km (95 miles) southeast of Baghdad, police said

#1: A gunman fired at Iraqi security forces and Sahwa forces in al-Multaqa district, to the west of Kirkuk city and injured one soldier. The forces returned fire and killed the gunman.

#1: A roadside bomb killed one Iraqi soldier and wounded two others on their patrol on Friday in northern Mosul, 390 km (240 miles) north of Baghdad, police said.

#2: Gunmen killed an off-duty policeman in a drive-by shooting in southern Mosul, police said.

Al Anbar Prv:
#1: Two suicide bombers killed at least eight people and wounded 14 in an attack on a police headquarters just outside the western Iraqi city of Ramadi on Saturday, police said. The bombers detonated their explosive vests simultaneously outside the station, police Captain Shakir Aswad, told Reuters. Four of the dead were policemen and the rest civilians, he said.

A suicide bomber wearing an explosive vest targeted al-Jazeera checkpoint, 20 km to the northeast of Ramadi city at 2.30 p.m. Saturday, injuring three female inspectors with the police force and four policemen. About fifteen minutes later and after a crowd had gathered; a suicide car bomb wanted to get into the crowd but was detected by the police who opened fire at the car which detonated at a distance killing eight civilians, injuring ten.

#1: Taliban insurgents ambushed and killed a provincial district chief and wounded his driver in the Teywara district some 460 km (285) miles west of Kabul on Friday, a senior police officer said.

#2: U.S.-led coalition forces killed six militants and detained ten others while targeting an insurgent's commander in the Acheen district some 115 km (72) miles east of Kabul on Friday, a U.S. military statement said.

#3: U.S.-led coalition troops killed three insurgents during an air strike while targeting Haqqani's network in the Sabri district some 150 km (95) miles southeast of Kabul on Friday, the same statement from U.S. military said.

#4: Several Taliban fighters were killed and wounded during a battle with Afghan security forces in Kandahar province some 500 km (310) miles southwest of Kabul on Friday, a statement from the Afghan Defence Ministry said.

#5: An air strike killed three insurgents while they were planting roadside bombs in the Yaqubi district some 170 km (105) miles southwest of Kabul on Friday, a separate statement from Afghan Defence Ministry said.

#6: Police found the bullet-ridden bodies of the two men on Saturday in the North Waziristan tribal region after a tip from residents, police official Gul Marjan said. "See the fate of this man. He was an American spy," was written on notes pinned to each of the bodies found in the village of Ghulam Khan, Marjan said. The notes said the men were from the neighboring Afghan province of Khost.