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, April 15, 2009

War News for Wednesday, April 15, 2009

April 13 airpower summary:

Iraq to build major new oil refinery:

Dutch citizen to be sentenced in Iraq bombing:

US troops 'might stay in N Iraq'

Iraq Tries to Prove Autonomy, and Makes Inroads:

U.S. says new troops push Taliban away from Kabul:

Reported Security incidents:

#1: Two civilians were wounded on Wednesday in a sticky bomb explosion in northern Baghdad, a police source said. “A bomb, stuck to a civilian car by unknown gunmen, went off in al-Attifiya region in northern Baghdad, injuring two civilians and causing material damage to the car,” the source told Aswat al-Iraq news agency.

#1: Two civilians were wounded in two incidents that may have involved U.S. troops in Sulaimaniyah on Monday midnight. Local sources said the first incident took place when American soldiers opened fire on a civilian car near Taslwija town (about 6 miles of Suaimaniyah city). One civilian was wounded. A second man was wounded on the main road between Kirkuk and Sulaimaniyah on Monday night while he was with three others, but he was the only one who was injured. The U.S. military said it recieved reports of civilian casualties from two incidents involving two or more U.S. patrols, but the military couldn't confirm whether American soldiers were directly responsible.

#1: At 12 April 2009, the reporter (Mr. Umit Abdulla) and cameraman (Abbas Mohammed Hasan) of the local Turkmeneli TV (TERT) in Kerkuk city were organizing to report a book exhibition in the faculty of Law, Kerkuk University. They were attacked by a group of students from Kurdish student Union. Both the reporter and the cameraman were severely kicked and insulted and the camera was shattered. The Kurdish policemen and the Kurdish soldiers have only watched the offenses without interfering to stop the attackers.

#2: Tuesday Meanwhile, the same source said that a time bomb went off today (April 14) in Tarieq Baghdad region, without leaving casualties.

#3: Ten policemen were killed and at least 20 were wounded Wednesday afternoon when a parked car bomb targeted a passing convoy in the disputed northern city of Kirkuk, police said. Police spokesman Brig. Gen. Sarhat Qadir said all those killed were policemen working as security guards for the state-owned Northern Gas Company. The spokesman said the bomb went off on a street in a southern neighborhood of Kirkuk as the convoy belonging to the gas company was passing by. He said that 12 policemen and eight civilians were among the wounded.

Afghanistan: "The Forgotten War"
Nothing reported so far, check back later--whisker

Casualty Reports:

Cpl. Alan Babin, a combat medic, in March 2003 during the first days of the war in Iraq, was moving to provide aid to a fellow soldier when he was struck by enemy fire, resulting in extensive and severe internal injuries. Since then, he has undergone more than 70 surgeries.