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

Friday, December 19, 2008

War News for Friday, December 19, 2008

The DoD is reporting a new death previously unreported by the military. Private Colman J. Meadows III died from a non-combat related incident at Forward Operating Base Ramrod, Maiwand district, Kandahar province, Afghanistan on Tuesday, December 16th.

Dec. 17 airpower summary:

Top Sadr Official In Baghdad Detained - Report:

Pentagon ignored danger of roadside bombs, report finds:

Cracks in Sadr City's 'Gold Wall'

Tonga, most other coalition countries leaving Iraq: All but six nations — the United States, the United Kingdom, Australia, El Salvador, Estonia and Romania — will be gone by Jan. 1, Matern said.
12 coalition members and their departure dates:
Bosnia and Herzegovina, Nov. 29
South Korea, Dec. 1
Azerbaijan, Dec. 3
Tonga, Dec. 4
Japan, Dec. 6
Ukraine, Dec. 9
Czech Republic, Dec. 10
Bulgaria, Dec. 13
Lithuania, Dec. 16
Denmark, Dec. 17
Albania, Dec. 18
Moldova, Dec. 18

Bad weather forces Zardari to cancel Afghanistan visit:

Mideast weather roundup:

Taliban blow up lorry carrying Christmas turkeys for British troops:

Sri Lankan air force bombs rebels:

Reported Security incidents:

#1: Iraqi police discovered seven decomposing, severed heads and two decomposing bodies on Friday in an half-built house in eastern Baghdad, police said. The discovery took place in Ur, a mainly Shi'ite district of northeastern Baghdad.

#2: A roadside bomb targeted a police foot patrol in Mayseloon Square, Zayuna, eastern Baghdad at 7 a.m. Friday injuring three policemen and three civilians.

#1: Police forces found on Thursday a bullet-riddled civilian body in western Kut, a security source said.

#1: Two missiles landed on a U.S. military base south of Tikrit city on Friday, a police source in Salah al-Din province said, not indicating whether the attack left casualties. “Two missiles landed on the military base of Anaconda (formerly al-Bakr) in the area of Yathrib, Balad district, south of Tikrit,” the source told Aswat al-Iraq. “The two missiles caused a powerful explosion and plumes of smoke were seen rising over the U.S. base,” the source added. He said that U.S. choppers were seen hovering overhead in the area for hours after the incident.

#1: Two shepherds from Salah el-Din province were wounded on Friday in a landmine explosion in southeast of Makhmour, a police source said. “The two shepherds were injured in a landmine blast in al-Kouber district in southwest of Makhmour,” the source told Aswat al-Iraq, noting that there were rushed to the al-Kouber hospital for treatment. “One of them remains in a serious condition.” He noted.

#1: update Gunmen broke into the house of a women's rights activist in the volatile northern Iraqi city of Kirkuk on Thursday and beheaded her, police said. The victim was identified as Nahla Hussain, the leader of the women's league of the Kurdish Communist Party. She was alone in the house at the time of her death.