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, November 25, 2008

War News for Tuesday, November 25, 2008

The Washington Post is reporting the death of an American soldier from noncombat-related causes somewhere in Diyala Province on Monday, November 24th. No other details were released.

The Washington Post is reporting the deaths of two U.S. soldiers in a small arms fire attack in Baaj, west of Mosul on Tuesday, November 24th.

Nov. 22 airpower summary:

Nov. 23 airpower summary:

Boeing shuts down production at helicopter plant:

Kuwait cabinet walks out of parliament in crisis:

Vast U.S. Embassy in Baghdad: A monument to what?

Sri Lankan troops, rebels clash near Tiger HQ:

Pakistan can stop drone raids: air force chief:

Release of Iranian raises questions in Iraq:

UN nuclear agency chief critical of US:

All POW's are held indefinitely:

Tony Blair's private life spied on by US intelligence:

Reported Security incidents:

#1: A roadside bomb wounded two people on Palestine Street in eastern Baghdad, police said.

#1: Police recovered bodies of two men with gunshot wounds and signs of torture from the Tigris river in the northern town of Suwayra, 50 km (30 miles) southeast of Baghdad, police said.

Salman Pek:
#1: Two mortar bombs wounded six people on Monday when they landed on residential areas of Salman Pak, 30 km (20 miles) southeast of Baghdad, police said.

#1: Six persons were killed or wounded during armed clashes that erupted between civilians and a group of armed men in Salah al-Din’s Dalouiya district, a police source said on Tuesday. “Clashes broke out between residents of Bishkan village, eastern Dalouiya, and Sahwa council fighters on the one hand, and a group of armed men on the other hand following yesterday’s abduction of a farmer,” the source told Aswat al-Iraq. “Two young men, including a brother of the kidnapped farmer, were killed and four others, including two Sahwa members, were wounded in the clashes,” the source noted.

#1: Two people were killed and another four wounded on Tuesday when clashes erupted between residents and armed men suspected of belonging to al-Qaeda, a police source said. The clashes erupted between residents of the al-Ahrash district in the northern Sulaymaniyah province and gunmen. Town residents had accused the gunmen of kidnapping a local farmer. Two of the wounded belonged to the Sunni tribal Awakening councils, also known as sons of Iraq, who collaborated with the US in fighting against al-Qaeda militias, the source said. "The gunmen are known, they are al-Qaeda militias, who move along the al-Azzem river between Salahaddin province and Diyala," a relative of the kidnapped man told the Voices of Iraq (VOI) news agency.

#1: Separately, gunmen wounded a 10-year-old child in the restive city of Mosul. The child was moved to hospital for treatment, VOI reported.

#1: As many as 7 militants were killed and several others injured in an operation of security forces in Pakistan's tribal area on Tuesday, according to local media. Security forces pounded the militants' hideouts in Damadola, Badaan, Safray and Kaga areas of Tehsil Mamond in Bajaur tribal agency, the News Network International news agency reported.