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

Friday, May 1, 2009

War News for Friday, May 01, 2009

MNF-Iraq is reporting the deaths of two Multi-National Force - West Marines and one Sailor in during combat operations in an undisclosed location in Iraq on Thursday, April 30th.

April 29 airpower summary:

Defense chief Gates cuts Army combat vehicles from budget:

Iraq Violence Kills 355 In April; Deadliest Mo Since Sept '08

No Nato activities inside Pakistan, says Obama:

Taliban can choke NATO supplies:

Afghan insurgents delink from Taliban:

More roadside bomb attacks drive demand for best shields:

Reported Security incidents:

#1: Around 7:30 p.m. a roadside bomb detonated in Binouk neighborhood in eastern Baghdad on Thursday. Three people were injured.

#2: Around 8:30 p.m. a roadside bomb detonated in New Baghdad neighborhood in eastern Baghdad on Thursday. Four people were wounded.

Diyala Prv:
#1: The second Operation Bashaer al-Kheir (Promise of Good) started on Friday in Diala with the participation of more than 21,000 policemen targeting outlaws and al-Qaeda elements, the commander of the Diala police said. “The operations started on Friday morning (May 1) in Diala with the participation of 21,000 policemen as well as a force from the 5th division of the Iraq army,” General Abdulhussein al-Shemri told Aswat al-Iraq news agency.

Wasit Prv:
#1: Unidentified gunmen have destroyed a power station feeding the Ahdab oil field which a Chinese firm is developing. A provincial official, refusing to be named said: “Installations belonging to an important oil field have been subjected to a terrorist attack from unidentified gunmen. “The attackers targeted the electricity system linked to the field as well as the lines carrying power. The damage is estimated at more than $1 million,” the source added. The Chinese had only started operations in earnest last month and the attack is a blow to their plans to develop the field situated in the border Province of Wasit southeast of Baghdad.

#1: Two U.S. soldiers were killed by sniper bullets in the city of al-Amara on Thursday, said a security source from the Missan province police. “The two U.S. soldiers were killed when their patrol came under sniper fire in central Amara,” the source told Aswat al-Iraq news agency. “Iraqi police and U.S. forces cordoned off the area and conducted a wide-scale search operation looking for the sniper,” he said. Aswat al-Iraq news agency failed to contact the U.S. army for comments.

#1: Five security personnel were wounded when an improvised explosive device (IED) went off in central Basra on Friday, an official security source from the city’s police said. “The five bomb squad personnel were wounded while trying to defuse a charge planted near a fuel station in al-Muftiya, central Basra,” the source told Aswat al-Iraq news agency.

#1: Joint U.S.-Iraqi forces Friday killed a policeman and one of his relatives in central Tikrit, a police source said. “A joint force of Iraqi and U.S. personnel raided a house in al-Zuhour neighborhood in central Tikrit on the wee small hours of Friday (May 1) and killed Emad Soliman, a policeman, and his cousin who is working with the Sahwa forces,” the source told Aswat al-Iraq news agency. The joint coordination center in Tikrit denied any information about the incident.

#1: Unknown gunmen killed an Iraqi soldier in eastern Mosul, according to a security source on Friday. “Unknown armed men on Thursday night (April 30) killed a soldier near his house in al-Zahraa neighborhood in eastern Mosul,” the source told Aswat al-Iraq news agency.

#2: A roadside bomb targeted an American patrol in Mosul AlJadida (New Mosul) neighborhood in western Mosul on Wednesday night. No casualties reported.

#3: Gunmen killed an Iraqi soldier in front of his house in Zahraa neighborhood in east Mosul on Thursday afternoon.

#4: Gunmen killed a guard of the KDP (Kurdstan Democratic Party) near one of the party’s headquarters in Faisaliyah neighborhood in eastern Mosul in the evening.

Tal Afar:
#1: Policemen found the bodies of three brothers west of the city of Mosul on Thursday, a security source in Ninewa said. “The bodies were found shot inside their vehicle in Tal Abta area, Talafar district, (60 km) west of Mosul,” the source told Aswat al-Iraq news agency.

Al Anbar Prv:
#1: Four unidentified decomposed bodies were found near al-Ramadi Hospital west of the city, according to a security source in al-Anbar province on Thursday. “The bodies were found buried near al-Ramadi Public Hospital, west of the city. They were found after a terrorist was arrested and confessed to the place where these bodies were buried,” the source told Aswat al-Iraq news agency.

Afghanistan: "The Forgotten War"
#1: International and Afghan forces killed 15 militants in southern Afghanistan on Friday, the U.S. military said. Gunmen attacked the troops' convoy as they traveled to a village to talk to elders about security, the military said in a statement. The troops killed one militant in the initial firefight and another 14 as they pursued insurgents who were firing on them from a nearby hillside. No Afghan army or international forces were wounded and no civilian casualties were reported, the statement said.

#2: Taliban militants Friday kidnapped 10 paramilitary soldiers from their local headquarters in a northwest Pakistan town bordering the troubled Swat valley, police said. The abduction took place in the town of Dir, in the Upper Dir district of Malakand — where the military this week launched an offensive against Taliban in Lower Dir and Buner districts. Up to 60 Taliban militants stormed the local paramilitary headquarters and snatched 10 personnel around 01:00 a.m., Dir police chief Ijaz Ahmed told AFP.

#3: Three Afghan soldiers were killed and two others were wounded during a battle with Taliban fighters in Ghazi Abad district, some 155 km (95 miles) northeast of Kabul on Friday, Defence Ministry spokesman Zaher Azimi said. Azimi said the insurgents also suffered losses but could not provide any figures.

#4: Five insurgents and one Afghan security guard were killed during a Taliban ambush on a supply convoy for NATO-led forces in the Qara Bagh district, some 200 km (125 miles) southwest of Kabul, on Monday, provincial police chief Khial Baz Sherzai said. Two insurgents and one guard were also wounded.

#5: U.S.-led coalition and Afghan troops detained six militants during an operation overnight to disrupt a cell of insurgent leader Jalaluddin Haqqani in Zadran district some 200 km (125 miles) southeast of Kabul, a U.S. military statement said