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

Saturday, April 18, 2009

War News for Saturday, April 18, 2009

April 14 airpower summary: (16th)

Iran Exports 950 mln Barrels Oil Annually Via Kharg Terminal:

Iraqi Sunnis Turn to Politics and Renew Strength:

Psychologists Helped Guide Interrogations:

Reported Security incidents:

#1: At least five people died Friday in a round of mortar attacks, as incidents targeting Shia-dominated districts in Baghdad increased.The total number of victims was not confirmed, but a source in the Interior Ministry said the attacks killed at least five people and wounded 12. Witnesses told DPA, the German news agency, that the mortar rounds, which struck Jisr Diyala district - an impoverished neighbourhood in southern Baghdad, killed seven people and wounded 18.

#2: An explosion killed four people and wounded eight on Friday in Baghdad's eastern neighbourhood of Diyala Bridge, police said. They said the blast was a mortar attack but Baghdad security spokesman Major-General Qassim Moussawi said a boy had accidentally triggered unexploded ordnance, killing himself and a passer by and wounding two other people.

Diyala Prv:
#1: In a related development, an IED went off near a police patrol in al-Katoun, seriously wounding a policeman,” Shimari added.

#1: Three policemen on Saturday were injured in clashes between police personnel in downtown Amara city, according to a local police source. “During an early hour this morning, a police patrol engaged in clashes with another over who has the right to detain an outlaw in al-Muallimeen al-Qadeem neighborhood, downtown Amara,” the source told Aswat al-Iraq news agency. “Three patrolmen were wounded in the clashes,” the source explained.

Al Anbar Prv:
#1: Iraqi forces are flooding into an industrial zone of Fallujah that was once a Sunni insurgent stronghold. The raids began early Saturday in a district of factories and workshops in the southern part of the city, about 40 miles (65 kilometers) west of Baghdad. Fallujah's police chief, Col. Mahmoud al-Issawi, claims armed groups are trying to re-establish footholds in the area more than two years after being driven out.

Afghanistan: "The Forgotten War"
#1: NATO-led forces and Afghan troops killed three suspected militants during a raid Saturday in central Afghanistan. The joint force was targeting insurgent commanders in a village in Logar province. The three suspected militants were killed in a gunfight following a call for them to surrender, a NATO statement said.

#2: In southern Kandahar province, an airstrike on an underground bunker killed at least two suspected militants Saturday, a statement from U.S. forces in Afghanistan said. U.S. troops attacked multiple compounds in Kandahar's Maywand district "to locate and capture a militant closely associated with the anti-Afghan forces leadership in Pakistan," the statement said.
It was not clear whether the target of the raid was among those killed.

#3: Separately, a roadside bomb targeting a police vehicle in Kandahar city killed a woman and wounded five other people including three civilians, said Abdullah Khan, the provincial deputy police chief. The bomb was placed on a bicycle close to the city's main hospital. Two police officers were wounded, and one of the injured civilians was being held as a suspect in the attack, Khan said.

#4: Pakistani police say a suicide bomber has killed 10 people at a checkpoint in the country's northwest. Police official Qasim Khan says the bomber targeted a checkpoint near Hangu, a troubled town close to the tribal belt where Taliban and al-Qaida militants are entrenched.
Khan says the local police chief was among several others injured in Saturday's attack.


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