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

Thursday, December 11, 2008

War News for Thursday, December 11, 2008

Dec. 8 airpower summary:

Dec. 9 airpower summary:

Army working on details of 'stop loss' bonus:

Reported Security incidents:

#1: A roadside bomb targeted a U.S. military convoy in Ameriyah, western Baghdad at 8 a.m. Thursday. No casualties were reported, and no comment was available from the U.S. Military at time of publication.

#1: A suicide bomber killed at least 30 people on Thursday in an explosion just north of Iraq's ethnically mixed city of Kirkuk, shattering the calm during a major Muslim holiday, police said. The bomber detonated explosives inside a packed Kurdish restaurant about 10 km (6 miles) north of Kirkuk, killing 30 people, said Major General Jamal Tahir, police chief of Kirkuk. The police operations centre in Kirkuk said 35 people were killed and 55 wounded.

A suicide bomber wearing a suicide vest detonated in Abdullah Restaurant, on the main highway to the north of Kirkuk City that was packed with families rejoicing during Eid, at 1.50 p.m. Thursday. Early casualties report put casualties at 45 killed and 93 injured according to Kirkuk Districts and Suburbs Police who say that these numbers may rise.

#1: Five sticky improvised explosive devices (IEDs) on Thursday went off in downtown Mosul city, but no casualties were reported, according to a local security source. “Five explosive devices went off consecutively in front of five houses belonging to Iraqi police and army personnel in al-Farouq al-Qadeem area, downtown Mosul, but no casualties were reported,” the source told Aswat al-Iraq.

#2: An improvised explosive device (IED) on Thursday detonated inside an Iraqi Islamic Party (IIP) building in southern Mosul city, but no casualties were reported, according to a security source.

#1: Armed government rebels burnt the police station in Qala Zal district of Zabul province of Afghanistan. According to local official, Abdul Rahman, the armed insurgents took three polices with themselves and no information is available about them until now.