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

Wednesday, December 17, 2008

War News for Wednesday, December 17, 2008

Dec. 14 airpower summary:

Dec. 15 airpower summary:

Heavy fighting kills 145 in N Sri Lanka:

British PM visits Iraq:

#1: At least 18 people have been killed and over 50 others wounded in a double-bombing in eastern Baghdad, Iraqi police have said. He said that the first blast was from a car bomb followed moments later by a roadside bomb that went off nearby, targeting people rushing to the scene. A defence ministry source confirmed that a car parked outside a traffic police post in the Munstansariyah district had exploded at around 11.15am local time [08:15 GMT].

The death toll from the twin bomb blasts which ripped through a crowded district in central Baghdad on Wednesday rose to 25, police sources told Deutsche Presse-Agentur dpa.

#2: Hours earlier, in the same area, (Munstansariyah district) the U.S. military says a roadside bomb exploded near an American patrol but there were no deaths or injuries.

#3: U.S. forces on Wednesday killed four security personnel working for the Iraqi Ministry of Trade, according to a ministerial source. “On Wednesday, U.S. forces raided the transport division of the State Company for Seeds Manufacturing in Baghdad’s al-Uteifiya area and killed four of the building’s security guards,” the source told Aswat al-Iraq.

#1: Gunmen kidnapped a citizen of Ulamaa neighborhood in Kirkuk city yesterday night.

#2: Gunmen opened fire on a civilian car in Sikanian (north of Kirkuk) injuring the driver on Tuesday night.

#1: Also on Wednesday, Iraqi police said a roadside bomb in the northern city of Mosul killed one civilian and wounded four others.

#2: A magnetic bomb detonated under a civilian car in Thawra neighborhood in Mosul city yesterday night( on Tuesday). Two people were killed who were inside that car.

#1: Turkish fighter jets on Wednesday bombed Kurdish rebel targets in northern Iraq, the second raid in as many days, the military said in a statement. The strike, like the previous one Tuesday, targeted Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) hideouts in the Qandil mountains, where some of the rebels' major bases are located, a statement on the army's website said.

#1: Pakistani Taliban militants fired rocket-propelled grenades on Wednesday at a convoy of trucks taking supplies to Western forces in Afghanistan wounding a woman, a government official said. Militants fired two rocket-propelled grenades at a convoy of more than 150 trucks as it set off from a supply staging area on the outskirts of the northwestern city of Peshawar. "One of the rockets fell in a parking lot while another hit a nearby house and wounded a woman," said government official Fida Mohammad Bangash in Jamrud, the main town in Khyber. "The convoy appears to have been the target but they missed," he said, adding the trucks continued on their way through the pass to the border at Torkham.

#2: US troops and Afghan police killed three militants in an overnight raid on a compound housing people with al-Qaida links in eastern Afghanistan, the US military said today. People who were in the compound said the dead were civilians and that none of them had fired on the troops.

#3: Militants shot dead a man in South Waziristan, suspect of spying for the United States on Wednesday. According to sources, a bullet-riddled body of an alleged US spy was found dumped in Warsak.

#4: Meanwhile, militants fired rockets at FC fort in Jandola area. Security forces retaliate the fire. However, no loss of life was reported.


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