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

Monday, April 13, 2009

War News for Monday, April 13, 2009

MNF-Iraq is reporting the death of a U.S. Coalition Soldier in an explosively formed projectile attack on a convoy 5 kilometers south of Karbala, Iraq on Monday, April 13th.

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Reported Security incidents:

#1: A roadside bomb targeted a police patrol in Zafaraniyah, southeast Baghdad at 10 p.m. Saturday injuring two policemen.

#2: A roadside bomb targeted a U.S. military convoy near the local government building in Taji district, 35 km to the north of Baghdad damaging one military vehicle. The U.S. military confirmed the incident: An MND-B Stryker vehicle was damaged by an IED near Taji, Iraq around 1300 this afternoon. Four Coalition Soldiers were wounded in the attack.

#1: Two Sahwa fighters on Sunday were killed in an explosive charge blast that occurred in Salah al-Din province, according to a local police source. “Two Sahwa fighters were killed when a sticky improvised explosive device (IED) targeted their vehicle while they were attending a tribal meeting in Balad district,” the source told Aswat al-Iraq news agency.

#1: Gunmen killed a civilian in southern Kirkuk, 250 km (155 miles) north of Baghdad, police said.

#2: Gunmen threw a thermal charge at a U.S. military convoy in central Kirkuk, Saturday but the charge did not explode sparing the convoy any damages.

#1: One civilian on Sunday was shot down by unknown gunmen in northern Mosul city, according to a local police source. “On Sunday evening, unidentified gunmen killed a civilian near his house in al-Hadbaa neighborhood, northern Mosul,” the source told Aswat al-Iraq news agency.

#2: A roadside bomb targeted a police patrol in Wadi Hajar, southern Mosul at 7.45 a.m. Sunday injuring two police officers.

Afghanistan: "The Forgotten War"
#1: Four people were wounded in the airstrike, including one woman, and had been taken to a hospital in Asadabad, the capital of Kunar province, said Asadullah Fazli, Kunar's chief of public health. Fazli said that villagers from Wata Pur district told him that six civilians died during the airstrike, and that three houses were destroyed. NATO's International Security Assistance Force said that "four to eight" enemy fighters were killed and that intelligence intercepts indicated "the hostile intent of the enemy to attack ISAF posts." Still, a spokesman said it was possible civilians were wounded.

#2: A huge explosion shocked Adraskan district of Herat province, west of Afghanistan, Monday morning leaving four persons dead and wounding three others, police said. "This morning a vehicle hit a mine in Adraskan district. As a result, four persons, all of them civilians, were killed and three others got injured," police spokesman in the province Noor Khan Nikzad told Xinhua.

#3: A female provincial official known for fighting for women's rights was gunned down in southern Afghanistan on Sunday, following a day of fighting in the region that left 22 militants dead, officials said. A Taliban spokesman, Qari Yousef Ahmedi, claimed responsibility for the attack.Gunmen killed Sitara Achakzai outside of her home in the city of Kandahar and then drove off, said Matiullah Khan Qateh, police chief of Kandahar province. He said the four men drove up on two motorcycles and shot Achakzai as she was getting out of her car.

#4: Pakistani security forces repelled overnight militant attacks on their positions in the troubled north-west, killing at least three insurgents, an official said Monday. The clashes occurred Sunday when rebels targeted checkpoints in Wana, the main town of South Waziristan tribal region bordering Afghanistan. 'Militants armed with rocket-propelled grenades and heavy arms attacked two posts in Wana, forcing the troops to retaliate with artillery and mortar fire,' a security official said on condition of anonymity. The troops did not suffer any fatalities, but one paramilitary soldier was wounded in the exchange of fire, according to the official.

#5: An Afghan civilian crossing a road in southwest Kabul was injured when he was hit by a convoy of U.S.-led troops and Afghan National Police on Sunday.

#6: A similar blast earlier in the day killed two construction company security guards working in the southeastern province of Khost, 150 km (95 miles) southeast of Kabul, a provincial official said.

#7: A landmine planted by militants killed a civil employee of a construction company in Ghazni province, around 130 kilometres (80 miles) to the southwest of Kabul on Monday, the interior ministry said.

#8: A car bomb went off on Monday outside a government building in the province of Balkh, around 450 kilometres (275 miles) northwest of Kabul, but caused no casualties, the interior ministry said.