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, December 9, 2008

War News for Tuesday, December 09, 2008

U.S. declines to free Reuters photographer in Iraq:

30-year prison terms sought for 5 Blackwater guards:

L-3 pays $4M to settle Iraq over-billing case:

Bush Says Saddam Hussein Was Not Connected to 9/11:

#1: A civilian was injured when a mortar hit al Mashtal neighborhood in east Baghdad on Monday evening.

#2: A civilian was injured in a controlled detonation in al Qahira neighborhood in east Baghdad on Tuesday morning.

#1: “Two decayed bodies were found on Monday evening in a farmland near the village of Murata al-Kabir, al-Multaqa district, (30 km) southwest of Kirkuk,” the source told Aswat al-Iraq, adding the corpses were identified and buried by their relatives.

#2: In al-Abbasi district, 80 km southwest of Kirkuk, Iraqi policemen and Multi-National Force (MNF) troops defused an IED without incident.

#1: A suicide bomber has killed himself and wounded three children in a northwestern Pakistani town. Tuesday's attack was in the Buner district, next to the troubled Swat valley, where Pakistani troops have killed hundreds of militants in the past year. "The bomber got out of the car and blew himself up and wounded three children, but there has been no other fatalities," said a military intelligence official, speaking on the condition of anonymity.

#2: A Polish soldier has been seriously wounded, accidentally, in an hand grenade explosion at the Four Corners base in Afghanistan. Military doctors say his state is serious but stable. The accident occurred on Monday evening, local time. A team are investigating the cuases of the explosion.

#3: NATO and Afghan forces killed a Taliban commander during a targeted operation just south of Kabul in a province militant fighters have poured into this year, the NATO-led force said Tuesday.

#4: Two persons were killed and four others injured in a bomb blast in northwestern Pakistan on Tuesday. The official Associated Press of Pakistan quoted local police officer Mohammad Alam as saying that a person was planting a remote-control bomb on a roadside when it went off suddenly at Nare Uba, Dagar Kali in District Buner of North West Frontier Province. As a result, the one who was planting the bomb was killed on the spot and five children who were playing nearby were injured.

Casualty Reports:

John Jones, 31, lost both legs in Iraq in 2005 when his Humvee hit an antitank mine. The blast sent him 25 feet into the air.

Army Master Sgt. George Holmes, 37, was wounded in Afghanistan in June and is finishing rehab. He was leading a 41-man infantry platoon during a rocket attack.