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, February 10, 2009

War News for Tuesday, February 10, 2009

The Washington Post is reporting the deaths of two ISAF soldiers in a roadside bomb attack in Khost province, Afghanistan on Tuesday, February 10th. One additional soldier was wounded in the attack. Here's the NATO release.

NATO is reporting the death of an ISAF soldier from a non-combat vehicle accident in an undisclosed location in Afghanistan on Tuesday, February 10th. Four additional soldiers were injured in the accident.


Feb. 8 airpower summary:

Obama reviewing ban on photos of military coffins:

US envoy explores new approach on Pakistan:

Bush, Cheney Should Pay Impoverished Iraq War Widows:

NPR: Iraqi Insurgent Continues Fight Against U.S. Troops: Listen to it here:

Media group asks US to stop detaining journalists: A media watchdog group is urging President Barack Obama to end the U.S. military's practice of detaining journalists without charges, and has asked for a full investigation into killings of journalists by U.S. military forces.


Reported Security incidents:

Baghdad:
#1: A bomb attached to a car carrying an off-duty security guard of Vice President Adel Abdul-Mahdi wounded him and a pedestrian, police said. Reuters Television footage showed the badly wounded guard lying motionless. Eye witnesses said he died but police did not confirm that.

A bomb attached to a car carrying an off-duty security guard wounded him and a pedestrian, police said. Reuters Television footage showed the badly wounded guard lying motionless. Eye witnesses said he died but police did not confirm that. Police initially said the guard worked for Vice President Adel Abdul-Mehdi's office, but the vice president's office said he worked for another branch of government.

#2: Two mortars hit Mashtal neighborhood in eastern Baghdad around 9:15 p.m. One of the mortars hit a house in al-Mutabagh street near Khalid bin al-Waleed school. One person was killed and four others were wounded.


Diyala Prv:
Khalis:
#1: A policeman was killed and four others were wounded on Tuesday in a bomb explosion in the north of Baaquba, a security source said. “An improvised explosive device went off on Tuesday (Feb. 10) in front of al-Azeem region police station in Khalis, north of Baaquba,” the source told Aswat al-Iraq news agency. “The explosion killed a policeman and injured four others,” he added.


Makhmour:
#1: Two civilians on Tuesday were wounded in an armed attack by gunmen near Makhmour district, according to an army source. “Today, two civilians were wounded in an armed attack by unknown gunmen driving a civilian vehicle near Dozanti village (27 km southwest of Makhmour),” the source told Aswat al-Iraq news agency.


Kirkuk:
#1: An improvised explosive device (IED) on Tuesday went off in southern Kirkuk city, causing no casualties, an assistant police chief said, adding that another device was defused in the same area. “The charge detonated in Wahad Athar neighborhood, southern Kirkuk, causing damage but no casualties,” Lt. Col. Kamel Ahmed told Aswat al-Iraq news agency. Meanwhile, another explosive charge found close to the first device was defused by police forces, the official said, noting that no damage was reported.

#2: A football player was killed on Tuesday by unknown gunmen in southern Kirkuk, a local police chief said. “Unknown gunmen shot and killed Ahmad Shalal, a football player for al-Thawra club, on Tuesday afternoon (Feb. 10) in al-Asra Wal Mafqodeen neighborhood in southern Kirkuk,” Brig. Sarhad Qader told Aswat al-Iraq news agency.


Mosul:
#1: A car bomb targeting a police patrol wounded three policemen in southern Mosul, 390 km (240 miles) north of Baghdad, police said.

#2: An improvised explosive device went off on Tuesday in eastern Mosul, without leaving casualties, a police source said. “An explosive charge was detonated targeting a motorcade of employees from the support committee in al-Nabi Younis region in eastern Mosul, causing material damage to one vehicle, but left no casualties,” the source told Aswat al-Iraq news agency.

#3: Police forces on Tuesday found a civilian body in eastern Mosul, said a police source. “The forces found the body in al-Faisaliya region in eastern Mosul,” the source told Aswat al-Iraq news agency. “The body bore signs of gunshot wounds to the head and the chest,” he added.

#4: Gunmen opened fire on a police check point in Karama neighborhood in Mosul. Two policemen were killed including a lieutenant.



Afghanistan: "The Forgotten War"
#1: Pakistani troops backed by helicopter gunships killed 11 rebels and pounded suspected militant hideouts in a tribal town on the Afghan border, the military said Tuesday. The operation was launched Monday in Inayat Killi town in the Bajaur region, a stronghold of Taliban and Al-Qaeda-linked militants, after a rebel rocket attack, local military official Mustaqim Shah told AFP. The rocket attack gutted a shop but caused no casualties, he said. "Troops backed by helicopters retaliated with artillery and mortar fire, and destroyed several suspected locations today. At least seven militants were killed," the official said.

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